Gov­ern­ment launches coro­ner re­view

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTERS

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has launched a re­view of the coro­ner sys­tem, in­clud­ing how it treats the needs of faith groups.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Car­o­line Di­ne­nage said the wide-rang­ing re­view would “find out whether coro­ner ser­vices are re­spon­sive to faith group needs, par­tic­u­larly those who re­quire less in­va­sive post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions and timely fu­ner­als such as Jewish and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties”.

The con­sul­ta­tion will run for eight weeks. Ms Di­ne­nage said the gov­ern­ment wanted to hear from users of the ser­vice, in­clud­ing be­reaved fam­i­lies.

Jewish and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties wel­comed the re­view when it was an­nounced ear­lier this year.

En­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign­ers have made a for­mal com­plaint against South­wark Coun­cil, claim­ing it is dis­crim­i­nat­ing against Jews and Mus­lims in its burial pol­icy.

Jewish co­me­dian Lewis Schaf­fer, who lives in the south-Lon­don bor­ough, said there was no pro­vi­sion for Jewish or Mus­lim in­ter­ments in the area’s three ceme­ter­ies.

Mr Schaf­fer is a mem­ber of Save South­wark Woods, which is hop­ing to pre­serve an area of wood­land that the coun­cil plans to con­vert into a burial ground.

But the coun­cil de­nied reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion and said two Jewish peo­ple had been buried in the bor­ough’s ceme­ter­ies over the past three years.

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