Burial prices

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Dear Clackmannanshire Council,
I would like the following information through the Freedom of Information Act on the prices on Burials in Clackmannanshire.
1. Can I have the cost of a new burial plot for each Cemetery in Clackmannanshire over the last 5 years?
2. How much from buying a burial plot goes towards maintaining the Cemetery?
3. Over the last few years the price of Burial plots has risen by some margin, can you tell me the councils reason(s) for this?
4. Which elected Council members supported the rising costs in Burial plots? (full list from the last 5 years please)
5. Which Council officers supported the rising costs in Burial plots? (full list from last 5 years please)
6. If neither elected Councillors or Council officers supported the rise in Burial plots, can you tell me which part of the Council did support the increase?
7. What is total money collected from Burial plots over the last 5 years?
8. What is the total cost collected by Clacks Council from headstone being put up in Cemeteries?
9. Where does the money collected from Burial plots and the mounting of headstones go to once it is collected?
10. Where can I get minutes from the meetings held by Clacks Council on the rising cost of Burial plots and headstones? I would prefer these in audio if available.

Yours faithfully,
B Ovens

Yvette Treco, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Brian Owans Contact: Kenny Inglis
Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: DEV03F6FD0
Date: 20/11/2017

Dear Mr. Owans

Freedom of Information : DEV03F6FD0

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received
on 20/11/2017 about Prices on Burials Plots  in Clackmannanshire.   It
will be forwarded to the appropriate Council Service for action and you
should receive a response, or a request for clarification by 18/12/2017.
If there is a need to clarify anything relating to your request,
colleagues will contact you.  

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.  

Yours sincerely

Kenny Inglis

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Pearl McMenemy, Clackmannanshire Council

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To:
Mr. Brian Ovens Contact: Pearl McMenemy
  Tel. No: 01259 450000
Ref: DEV03F6FD0
Date: 28/11/2017

Dear Mr. Ovens

Freedom of Information Enquiry: DEV03F6FD0

Thank you for your information request dated 20/11/2017.

I am happy to supply you with the information you requested.

1. Can I have the cost of a new burial plot for each Cemetery in
Clackmannanshire over the last 5 years?
There is no difference in price between cemeteries
2012 - £436.00
2013 - £449.00
2014 - £465.00
2015 - £581.00
2016 - £726.00

2. How much from buying a burial plot goes towards maintaining the
Cemetery?
100%

3. Over the last few  years the price of Burial plots has risen by some
margin, can you tell me the councils reason(s) for this?
The Councils aim is to have a cost neutral service whereby the sale of
burial plots, headstone foundations, interments etc covers the cost of
undertaking a burial and maintaining the cemetery.

4. Which elected  Council members supported the rising costs in Burial
plots? (full list from the last 5 years please)

I have given below weblinks to the budget papers for the last five years
where the decisions were taken to increase costs and have also included a
link to the minutes which will give information on the outcome of voting
on the papers.  Where there has been a roll call vote, you will be able to
see which members voted for, against or abstained from voting.

2017 Budget report:  
 [1]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2017 Minute:      
[2]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2016 Budget report:    
 [3]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2016 Minute:      
[4]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2015 Budget report:  
[5]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...
           [6]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2015 Minute:  [7]http://www.clacks.gov.uk/document/meetin...

2014 Budget report: see attachment

2014 Minute:  see attachment

2013 Budget report:: see attachment

2013 Minute:  see attachment

5. Which Council officers supported the rising costs in Burial plots?
(full list from last 5 years please
 Decisions on budgets are taken by Clackmannanshire Council at full
Council meetings. Council officers do not take the decision.

6. If neither elected Councillors or Council officers supported the rise
in Burial plots, can you tell me which part of the Council did support the
increase?
 Decisions on budgets are taken by Clackmannanshire Council at full
Council meetings.

7. What is total money collected from Burial plots over the last 5 years?
£414,576.00

8. What is the total cost collected by Clacks Council from headstone being
put up in Cemeteries?
Clacks Council do not erect headstones but do charge for headstone
foundations
Total amount for foundation fees is £54,883.00

9. Where does the money collected from Burial plots and the mounting of
headstones go to once it is collected?
The money whether it is paid cash or electronically is processed through
the Councils bank and included in the accounts as happens with any
business.

10. Where can I get minutes from the meetings held by Clacks Council on
the rising cost of Burial plots and headstones? I would prefer these in
audio if available.
Response:  Minutes of meetings of Clackmannanshire Council and it's
committees are usually published on the Council's website.  Older reports
are held for six years following the meeting in Committee Services.  I
have attached links to the budget papers and minutes above.   As we only
hold audio files for six months following the meeting, I can confirm that
we do not have any audio relating to decisions on the costs of burials.
 

Yours sincerely

Pearl McMenemy

014 Budget report: (See attached file: 21-02-14 Special Meeting Agenda -
excl exempt information.pdf)

2014 Minute: (See attached file: Item 03B - Minutes of Special Meeting
held on 21 February 2014.pdf)

2013 Budget report:: (See attached file: Item 03 - General Services
Revenue and Capital Budget.pdf)

2013 Minute: (See attached file: Item 03ii Confirm Minute of Special
Meeting held on 8 February 2013.pdf)

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