Town one of the most ex­pen­sive places for cre­ma­tions in the UK

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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