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Public health funerals

When we can arrange a funeral

Where we are told when people have died with no next of kin or where there may not be enough funds to carry out a funeral service, we may be asked to arrange the funeral.

It is our duty, under the Public Health Control of Disease Act 1984 section 46(i), to arrange a burial or a cremation for a person who has died within our area where no suitable funeral arrangements have been, or are being, made.

We are then entitled to recover the funeral costs from the estate of the deceased, in the form of a civil debt recoverable within three years.

In cases where there are assets that exceed the cost of the funeral, and where there are no other bills outstanding, any money left will go to the Estates Group within the Bona Vacantia (small receipts) Division of the Treasury Solicitor, in accordance with the rules set down by the Secretary of State.

We will not become involved if any funeral arrangements have already been made or the funeral has already taken place. The council will not part-fund a funeral or contribute to the cost of a funeral which has already been organised by someone else.

Public Health Funeral Referrals (June 2020 - Present)

Name of Deceased

Date of Death

Outcome

Next of Kin?

Referral to Treasury Solicitor

Guy Anthony Bacon 

23/11/22

Burial 

Yes 

No

Antony Ernest Irving 

17/09/22 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

George Gooding 

09/05/22 

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Richard “Alan” Angwin 

14/08/22 

Passed to Executors 

No 

NA 

Donald Chalmers 

08/05/22 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Noel McGrath 

23/01/22 

Burial 

Yes 

No  

Keith Rooke 

20/02/22 

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

No 

Diane Caroline Shaddick 

14/01/22 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Eve White 

10/01/22

Cremation 

Yes 

No 

Boris Bujula 

17/11/21

Burial 

Yes 

No 

Charles Gardner 

17/09/21 

Referred 

Yes 

NA 

Steven Monroe 

16/03/21 

Burial 

No  

No  

John Latham 

25/02/21

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David Reed 

22/02/21

Unrecorded*. Funeral plan in place. 

No 

No 

Leslie Clements 

27/12/20

Burial 

No 

Yes 

Rodger Garrick-Steele 

10/12/20

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Jennifer Alfreda Handscombe 

03/08/20

Burial 

Yes 

No 

David William Baker 

11/07/20

Passed to NOK 

Yes 

NA 

Michael Joseph Ohara 

17/06/20 

Burial 

Yes 

No 

When we will not get involved

We will not undertake funeral arrangements if the deceased died in hospital or in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Under these circumstances the hospital authorities will take responsibility.

We will not normally undertake funeral arrangements if the next of kin were in receipt of benefits, as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will pay.

Getting help to pay for a funeral

Visit gov.uk or call 0800 731 0469.

 

 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 27 January 2023