crematorium statistics in Hammersmith and Fulham

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Dear Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council,

I am currently doing some research for my university dissertation and was wondering if you could provide me with the following information through the Freedom of Information Act:

1.) How much profit did the council make from bereavement services(cemeteries and crematoriums) in 2009 and in 2008?

2.) What was the profit spent on?

3.) Is any of the council tax we pay used to maintain crematorium gardens?

4.) Do the council provide any assistance for those who cannot afford funeral costs?

5.) Could you provide me with a financial breakdown of outgoings for the council's crematoriums in previous years? eg.) gardeners fees.

6.)A 5 year lease on a memorial rose bush costs up to £250. Can you provide a breakdown on how this money is spent?

7.) How many crematoriums in Hammersmith and Fulham are privately owned and how many are owned by the council?

8.) How much have funeral costs risen in Barnet in the last ten years?

Kind regards,

Rebecca Williams
Yours faithfully,

beckie

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Information Management Team/Finance & Corporate Services
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Director of Finance & Corporate Services: Jane West

FOIRequests, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

REF: 2010/COR0140 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION- INFORMATION REQUEST

I must apologise for the delay in responding to you on this matter. Your request has now been considered and our response is as follows:

1.) How much profit did the council make from bereavement services(cemeteries and crematoriums) in 2009 and in 2008?

The council did not make any profit from providing bereavement services in either 2008 or 2009

2.) What was the profit spent on?

Not applicable - see Q1

3.) Is any of the council tax we pay used to maintain crematorium gardens?

The council does not have its own crematorium

4.) Do the council provide any assistance for those who cannot afford funeral costs?

Under certain circumstances, the council will organise and finance funerals.

5.) Could you provide me with a financial breakdown of outgoings for the council's crematoriums in previous years? eg.) gardeners fees.

The council does not have its own crematorium

6.)A 5 year lease on a memorial rose bush costs up to £250. Can you provide a breakdown on how this money is spent?

The council does not offer a memorial rose service

7.) How many crematoriums in Hammersmith and Fulham are privately owned and how many are owned by the council?

There are no crematoriums in Hammersmith & Fulham

8.) How much have funeral costs risen in Barnet in the last ten years?

In the year 2000 the cost of purchase of a grave space for a resident was £280.00 and the interment fee £170.00. Up to 31st March 2010 resident purchase fee £1102.50 interment fee £997.50

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Yours sincerely,

Jon Hill
Senior Information Management Officer
Information Management Team Jon Hill
Senior Information Management Officer
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Information Management Team/Finance & Corporate Services
2nd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension
King Street
London W6 9JU
DL: 020 8753 5865

www.lbhf.gov.uk

Director of Finance & Corporate Services: Jane West

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