Pay­outs over ashes top £360k

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen coun­cil bosses have paid more than £360,000 in com­pen­sa­tion over the baby ashes scan­dal at Ha­zle­head cre­ma­to­rium.

It saw baby and adult ashes mixed up and re­turned to rel­a­tives while par­ents of in­fants were told there were no ashes.

Aberdeen City Coun­cil said 140 claims to­talling £361,000 had been set­tled, and 13 re­jected.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We have been com­mit­ted to mov­ing to­wards a set­tle­ment of claims for com­pen­sa­tion.

“The com­pen­sa­tion claims are be­ing fi­nalised be­tween our le­gal ser­vices and the so­lic­i­tors rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple af­fected.

“The coun­cil has whole­heart­edly apol­o­gised for the dis­tress past prac­tices at Aberdeen cre­ma­to­rium have caused. The com­mit­ment to the com­pen­sa­tion process is part of a full and com­pre­hen­sive re­sponse.”

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