Funerals.

Mairead Clarkin made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to West Lothian Council

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Mairead Clarkin

Dear West Lothian Council,

I am undertaking a study on the numbers of Public Health/Welfare Funerals undertaken by LA's in Scotland. I would appreciate it if you would provide answers to the following FOI request.

1. The total number of public health funerals (where the deceased
has no relatives or there is no one else willing to pay) that your LA has undertaken for the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18?

2. The number of public health funerals that your LA has
undertaken by gender for the past 3 financial years?

3. The number of public health funerals that your LA has
undertaken by age for the past 3 financial years?
Since April 2015, how many cases have there been where family and
friends refuse to finance or make arrangements for their relatives
funeral?

4. How much have the burials/cremations cost the LA broken down
by year for the last three financial years? This cost information
does not need to include administrative or staff costs, and before
any costs are claimed back by the local authority from the
deceased’s estate

5. How much does your trust typically (average cost) pay for a
Public Health Funeral?

6. What does your LA provide at a Public Health Funeral?

7. What relationship do you have with your local NHS Trust
regarding funerals of this nature?

8. Have you observed any of the following over the last three
years?

• Higher numbers or people dying without any income or assets
• Higher numbers of people dying with family or friends unable to
contribute to the costs of a funeral
• Higher numbers of people dying with family or friends unwilling
to contribute to the costs of a funeral
• Higher numbers of people dying with no friends or family

Yours faithfully,

Mairead Clarkin

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Dear Mairead

Freedom of Information

Your reference: Freedom of Information request - Funerals

Our reference no. 101005952274

I refer to your request for information dated 13 May 2018.

Request:

1. The total number of public health funerals (where the deceased has no
relatives or there is no one else willing to pay) that your LA has
undertaken for the financial years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18?

 

We record this information by calendar year:

 

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2. The number of public health funerals that your LA has undertaken by
gender for the past 3 financial years?

 

This information is held by calendar year:

 

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3. The number of public health funerals that your LA has undertaken by age
for the past 3 financial years?

Since April 2015, how many cases have there been where family and friends
refuse to finance or make arrangements for their relatives funeral?

 

This information is held by calendar year:

 

 

We have 25 recorded cases where families have been unable, or refuse, to
finance a funeral.

 

4. How much have the burials/cremations cost the LA broken down by year
for the last three financial years? This cost information does not need to
include administrative or staff costs, and before any costs are claimed
back by the local authority from the deceased’s estate

 

This information is held by calendar year:

 

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5. How much does your trust typically (average cost) pay for a Public
Health Funeral?

 

Average cost over the last 3 years £1563

 

6. What does your LA provide at a Public Health Funeral?

 

A simple funeral to include:-

·         A single use burial plot

·         The services of a funeral director

·         Coffin

·         Hearse direct to cemetery

·         Graveside service conducted by religious representative.

·         Small floral tribute.

·         A stone marker

 

7. What relationship do you have with your local NHS Trust regarding
funerals of this nature?

 

We work closely with NHS Bereavement co-ordinator. 

 

8. Have you observed any of the following over the last three years?

 

·         Higher numbers or people dying without any income or assets

·         Higher numbers of people dying with family or friends unable to
contribute to the costs of a funeral

·         Higher numbers of people dying with family or friends unwilling
to contribute to the costs of a funeral

·         Higher numbers of people dying with no friends or family

 

A slight increase year on year.

 

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