Previous thread interlocks here ... and very relevant : https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and ... it=funeral
Poorest families 'being barred from funerals of relatives' because they can't afford to pay for them.

Council tells loved ones they are not allowed to attend or have ashes if they cannot pay for a service.


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Headline from the Daily Telegraph.
Thousands of bereaved families who lose children through death or stillbirth are to get up to £2,000 funeral costs paid by the Government irrespective of their wealth.

A new funeral fund for England will cover the costs of cremation or burial, which can range from £500 to more than £1,500, as well as £300 for a coffin.

The Government will fully fund the estimated £14 million annually to cover the 3,800 children who die under the age of 18 each year and the 2,700 stillbirths.

The fund will be available regardless of the family’s income.


Sounds promising but ... will NOT be means tested ... pauper or a prince , the amount will be the same ?

Early doors ... more will follow but ... what's the average cost of a " Pauper's funeral " nowadays ?

Death can be an expensive business.

According to a study from Sunlife, the cost of the average funeral now stands at just under £5,000, up a staggering 67 per cent since 2008. And with inflation up by just 25 per cent over the same period, the cost of dying is now outpacing the cost of living.

This has prompted the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch an investigation into funeral pricing, with the watchdog ruling in its November interim report that soaring funeral prices do not seem to correlate either with increasing costs nor improved service.

The huge disparity in pricing across the country underlines this, showing death – like education – to be a postcode lottery.

Unsurprisingly, London is the most expensive place to die, with the average funeral costing £5,880, while the cheapest is Northern Ireland, where funeral directors charge an average of £3,231.



Surely this new payment should be " Staircased ? "

The less you have , the closer to 100% is paid ... tapered down as income rises ???

( Nothing more ... unless a reader with a subsciption to the DT wants to add to it ??? )

A funeral is a funeral ... for some , a funeral too far when it comes to financial resources ???

Passing the hat round takes on a whole new meaning ... a Texan 10 gallon hat for starters ???