Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 places a statutory obligation on local authorities to make funeral arrangements for those who die with the borough without anybody willing or able to make the arrangements.

What will we provide?

We will contact a local funeral director to make arrangements.

In most circumstances, we will arrange a cremation. However, if it established that the deceased had preferences for a burial, we will honour this and will make arrangements at our Lawn Cemetery.

As we are spending public money, we have a responsibility to ensure that Public Health funerals are cost effective. We aim to provide simple, yet respectful arrangements.

Will there be a memorial?

We do not authorise memorials on Public Health graves. The plots are owned by the Council and up to three coffins can go in each plot.

Will costs be recovered?

We will look to recover expenses from the deceased's estate. Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 the funeral costs are the first expense claimed in an estate.

Remaining funds are passed to the Treasury Solicitors office.

The document below provides a list of recent cases:

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