Coun­cil scraps child burial fee for res­i­dents of bor­ough

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

THE fees par­ents have to pay to bury dead chil­dren and still-born ba­bies have been scrapped in Gedling.

It costs £1,502 for be­reaved par­ents to bury a child in Gedling if they live out­side the bor­ough.

The charge drops to £586 for Gedling res­i­dents but the bor­ough coun­cil agreed yes­ter­day to abol­ish this.

Out­siders will still have to pay the full charge.

Un­der-18 burial fees have al­ready been scrapped through­out Scot­land and Wales but dif­fer­ent parts of Eng­land can charge sep­a­rate fees.

The coun­cil says it ex­pects to lose about £7,000 a year in­come as a re­sult of the move.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors said: “Los­ing a child is an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time for par­ents and guardians and the coun­cil would like to re­duce their bur­den of a sud­den and un­ex­pected cost when they are go­ing through such tragic and dev­as­tat­ing grief.”

The coun­cil’s deputy leader, Coun­cil­lor Michael Payne, pic­tured, who rep­re­sents the Red­hill ward for Labour, said: “For me, this is an ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of the fact that, in spite of the chal­lenges coun­cils face across the coun­try, coun­cils still have a role to play in mak­ing sure that we have com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­ni­ties.

“Los­ing any life is ut­terly tragic but los­ing some­one at that age is beyond be­lief and, at the darkest mo­ments peo­ple go through, we should make sure we’re stand­ing along­side them.

“I think this is a su­perb ex­am­ple of the coun­cil gen­uinely liv­ing what it says it stands for, which is ‘serv­ing peo­ple, im­prov­ing lives’.”

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