Public health funerals

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Jonathan Walker

Dear Solihull Borough Council,

Please could you provide me with details of:

a) The number of funerals funded by the local authority because no friends or relatives of the deceased could be found who were able or willing to pay, in the five most recent years for which figures are available. I believe these are officially known as public health funerals.

b) The cost of such in the three most recent years for which figures are available, broken down by year.

c) A copy of any guidance or instructions used to determine the format of the funeral and what happens to the body. For example, whether the body is cremated or buried, whether a religious service is held, whether a tombstone is provided, and any other details you can provide about what happens at the funerals.

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Walker

Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Walker

Freedom of Information request - Ref 2730

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which we received on 7 April 2011. Your request is being considered under
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Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Walker

Freedom of Information request - Ref 2730

I am writing further to your request for information about public health
funerals, which we received on 7 April 2011.

a) The number of funerals funded by the local authority because no friends
or relatives of the deceased could be found who were able or willing to
pay, in the five most recent years for which figures are available. I
believe these are officially known as public health funerals.

We dealt with 38 funerals in the last 5 years

b) The cost of such in the three most recent years for which figures are
available, broken down by year.

2008 = £3937.00

2009 = £3551.00

2010 = £3397.00

c) A copy of any guidance or instructions used to determine the format of
the funeral and what happens to the body. For example, whether the body is
cremated or buried, whether a religious service is held, whether a
tombstone is provided, and any other details you can provide about what
happens at the funerals."

Cremation is our preferred choice and no tombstone is provided.

There is no different procedure as far as cremation is concerned as the
Cremation Form 1 is signed by Public Protection (Solihull) instead of the
next of kin/family.

Again for burial there is no different procedure except Public Protection
would request interment in a public grave the authority would retain the
Exclusive right of burial and no headstone would be allowed and the grave
can be re-opened for further interment requested by Public Protection (if
and when appropriate).

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Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

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