Public health funerals

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Jonathan Walker

Dear Walsall 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

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Walker

Thank you for your request for information, relating to public health
funerals, our ref:
RFI0277/11.

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Walsall Council

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Dear Mr.Walker

Further to your request for information for relating to funerals funded
by the Council please see below:-

April 2006 - 2007

o Number of public health funerals: 10

April 2007 - 2008

o Number of public health funerals: 4

April 2008 - 2009

o Number of public health funerals: 10
o Cost: £9,939

April 2009 - 2010

o Number of public health funerals: 10
o Cost: £10,890

April 2010 - 2011

o Number of public health funerals: 4
o Cost: £3,401

Please see attached guidelines for the arrangement of such funerals

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Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

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Walsall. WS1 1TP

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