Cut-price coun­cil fu­ner­als

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in­ter­est. They would trans­port the de­ceased to a place of rest, carry out prepa­ra­tions and then trans­port them to the ceme­tery grave­side.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers would be re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out the com­mi­tal at the grave­side.

The re­port by land ser­vices of­fi­cer David Crighton and signed off by se­nior man­ager for in­fra­struc­ture Brian Roberts says:“This pro­posal has the po­ten­tial to in­crease in­come for the coun­cil where fam­i­lies may opt for burial rather than cre­ma­tion. The cost of in­ter­ment re­mains the same, cur­rently set at £1075. The cost for this pro­posed af­ford­able fu­neral will be £1800 and in­cludes all fu­neral ar­range­ment costs.

“The fam­ily will, if re­quired, ar­range for their own trans­port to the ceme­tery, or­gan­ise flow­ers, speaker and hospi­tal­ity if they so wish. This is a new ser­vice that is be­ing pro­posed for those fam­i­lies that may en­counter fac­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges in se­cur­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate fu­neral for de­ceased rel­a­tives and as such there is an un­known num­ber of fam­i­lies that may wish to take up this ser­vice. There will be a con­tin­ual per­for­mance re­view to en­hance the ser­vice where nec­es­sary.”Of­fi­cials say not ap­prov­ing the pro­posal could leave some fam­i­lies fac­ing tough fi­nan­cial choices, in­clud­ing di­rect­ing them to­wards cre­ma­tion rather than a burial.

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