Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 places a statutory obligation on local authorities to make funeral arrangments for those who die within their authority without anybody willing or able to make arrangements for them.
In all cases of local authority burial, the costs are borne by the Authority and are recoverable against any estate of the dead person wherever possible.
Requests for information on council funerals
The Council receives requests from individuals and organisations about those who have died with no known next of kin. Each request is dealt with individually.
The Council cannot guarantee that the information requested will be disclosed as any information related to a death may be exempt from disclosure under the following exemptions provided by the Freedom of Information Act:
- Section 31 - Law enforcement and prevention of crime
- Section 41 - Information provided in confidence
- Section 40 - Personal information
For more information on Council funerals contact Bereavement Services
Telephone - 01900 702620