Cremations and burials

John Robertson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to City of Edinburgh Council

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Dear City of Edinburgh Council

Under the FOI act, I formally request that you provide me with the following information...

Please advise the total number of burials and cremations, annually, broken down by burials and cremations from January 2015 to December 2020 (or the last full month of data), in the Edinburgh City council jurisdiction.

Yours faithfully,

John Robertson

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr John Robertson

Our ref: 32601

Dear Mr Robertson

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Cremations and burials

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 24/05/2021.

In your request you asked for the following;

Please advise the total number of burials and cremations, annually, broken down by burials and cremations from January 2015 to December 2020 (or the last full month of data), in the Edinburgh City council jurisdiction.

I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 22/06/2021 to respond to your request.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr John Robertson

[FOI #758228 email]

Our ref: 32601

Dear Mr Robertson

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Information – Information otherwise accessible.

Subject: Cremations and burials

Thank you for your request for information 24/05/2021 where you asked the following:

Please advise the total number of burials and cremations, annually, broken down by burials and cremations from January 2015 to December 2020 (or the last full month of data), in the Edinburgh City council jurisdiction.

Your request has been processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Data in relation to cremations and burials performed by the City of Edinburgh Council for the period 2015 to 2021 is published on the Council's Disclosure Log at:

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/10...

Please enter references 26455 and 32195 in the 'Search' field.

Under the terms of the Act, a request for information can be refused where one or more of the exemptions listed in the Act apply. In this instance, the Council is claiming an exemption under section 25 of the Act because the information is 'otherwise accessible'.

If you do have difficulty in accessing the information, or if you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Please note that the Council does not hold records in relation to private crematoria and burial grounds within the City of Edinburgh.

Cremation statistics for all UK crematoria are publicly available at:

https://www.cremation.org.uk/statistics

To promote transparency and accountability, it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information is available at the following link: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/10....

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Information Compliance Team
The City of Edinburgh Council
Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1
4, East Market Street
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG
Email: [email address]

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Yours sincerely

Iain Burden
Information Rights Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

Our ref: 32601

Thanks for your response, Unfortunately I cannot seem to find the information I asked for. The only information I was able to find in your disclosure log is for 2020, so it is not otherwise accessible. What I am looking for is a figure for each year, along lines of

2015
XXXX burials
XXX cremations

2016
xxxx burials
xx cremations

and so on.
This is what other local authorities have been able to quickly provide.

I look forward to your response

John Robertson

Information Rights Officer 4, City of Edinburgh Council

Afternoon Mr Robertson

You state you are only able to see data for 2020 on the Disclosure Log but requests 26455 and 32195 cover the years from 2013 to 2021. Before I forward your request for Review to the Information Compliance team, please confirm that you have referred to the above-mentioned FOI responses.

Kind regards,

Iain.

Iain Burden | Information Rights Officer | Information Governance Unit | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2:1 | Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | 0131 200 2340 | [email address] | www.edinburgh.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Iain,
My confusion was the PDF file that contained 2020 and 2021 data only. After some rummaging around, I think I have found the information I wanted. Thanks for your help.

Yours sincerely,

John Robertson