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FOI Request – Public Health Funerals

Ramzy Alwakeel made this Freedom of Information request to South Staffordshire District Council as part of a batch sent to 185 authorities

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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my enquiry as specifically as possible. However, if this request is too wide or unclear, please feel free to contact me for clarification.

I am looking for information about the amount of money spent by councils on public health funerals, also known as paupers’ funerals.

As such, I would really appreciate answers to the following questions:

1. How many public health funerals has the council carried out in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?

2. How much has the council spent on carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?

3. How many public health funerals did the council carry out in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years?

4. How much did the council spend carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you would confirm in writing that you have received this request.

I would really appreciate your help with this request – I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Ramzy Alwakeel

Rebecca Morgan, South Staffordshire District Council

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email of 10th August 2020 where you requested information about Public Health Act funerals. The information you requested is below:

1. How many public health funerals has the council carried out in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?
May = 2, June = 1

2. How much has the council spent on carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?
May = £1433.00, June = £1240.00

3. How many public health funerals did the council carry out in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years?
2018/19 May = 1 £1439.00 2019/20 April = 1 £1075.00
Dec = 1 £1025.00 July = 2 £1712.00
Feb = 1 £1045.00 Dec = 1 £1108.00
March = 1 £1097.00 Feb = 1 £1075.00

4. How much did the council spend carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years? See above

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Kind regards,
Rebecca

Rebecca Morgan

Bereavement & Business Support Officer
Street Scene
South Staffordshire Council

Tel: 01902696405

www.sstaffs.gov.uk

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