Town one of the most expensive places for cremations in the UK
NUNEATON is one of the most expensive place in the whole of the UK to die.
Families in the town are having to shell out almost £1,000 for their loved ones to be cremated.
They could be falling victim to a postcode lottery as it has been revealed that Nuneaton has been ranked as the most expensive place to be cremated in both the West Midlands and the UK - tying with Northampton.
The town’s position comes as research shows cremation and burial fees are at an all time high in the region.
Price hikes have hit the region, with cremations up 5.5 per cent on average and burial fees up 7.8 per cent on average.
Cremation fees come in at £999 in Nuneaton, which is the most expensive in the region.
This data comes from research carried out by Funeralbooker, which shows a huge £389 difference compared to the cheapest fees in Stokeon-Trent.
Leamington Spa has the fourth cheapest cremation fees at £650 and Coventry’s charges are listed at £767, not much cheaper than Rugby at £795.
The crematorium in Nuneaton – the Heart of England, which is privately owned and run by Dignity PLC is also listed in joint first position with Northampton in the list of the most expensive places in the UK to be cremated.
Findings from website Funeralbookers reveal that families in Nuneaton will be forced to shell out almost £1,000 for a cremation but the burial fees fall much lower.
In a stark contrast burial fees in Nuneaton cost £786, which is a two per cent rise since last year, leaving it at the bottom of the Midlands table.
In Coventry, the story is slightly different with burial fees rising 39 per cent to £2,849.
James Dunn, co-founder of Funeralbooker, said: “These price hikes are the ultimate stealth tax, going completely unnoticed by families until their moment of need. But with such significant price differences now appearing across the region, many will be questioning whether these fees genuinely reflect the service they are getting or are simply down to opportunistic greed.
“Cremation is the cheapest option, but affordability is of growing concern. And, with one privately-owned crematorium in the region close to breaking the £1,000 barrier and joint most expensive in the whole of the UK, the danger is that others will raise their fees to follow suit. If these costs continue to climb, families will struggle and we will see funerals causing even greater hardship and stress.
“Disbursements, or cremation and burial fees, are almost entirely unavoidable, but families can protect themselves by planning ahead. If meeting the cost of a funeral would be a struggle then it might be worth taking out a pre-paid funeral plan, which will guarantee to meet your funeral director’s fees and will help meet the costs of disbursements. It’s also worth remembering that independent funeral directors typically offer better value-for-money and a more personal service than the big chains, so it’s definitely worth going online to shop around.”