Fresh bid to end kids’ burial fees

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor AND MAX BECK­ETT

A BID to save griev­ing par­ents hav­ing to pay to bury their child is be­ing stepped up, with Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond urged to “think again” on the fees.

Labour MP Carolyn Har­ris wrote to Mr Ham­mond re­mind­ing him of her emo­tional Com­mons speech a year ago, when she spoke of bury­ing eight-year-old son Martin. And she told him: “I wanted to see an end to par­ents strug­gling to find the funds to bury their child. I haven’t given up try­ing.”

The Sun­day Mir­ror has backed Mrs Har­ris’s call for the Gov­ern­ment to set up a Chil­dren’s Fu­neral Fund. Some 5,000 chil­dren die ev­ery year, and par­ents can face thou­sands in coun­cil fees.

De­spite a num­ber of au­thor­i­ties across the UK back­ing our plea, the Gov­ern­ment has not acted.

Mrs Har­ris is urg­ing the Chan­cel­lor to in­clude the £10mil­lion fund in his Bud­get next month. She said: “Sadly, par­ents are hav­ing to make fu­neral plans for their chil­dren ev­ery day. It is time to step in.”

LET­TER Carolyn Har­ris

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