Public health funerals

Jonathan Walker made this Freedom of Information request to Dudley Council

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Jonathan Walker

Dear Dudley 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

James McEwan, Dudley Council

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(a) Numbers
2006 /07: 21
2007/08: 9
2008/09: 27
2009/10: 30
2010/11: 33

(b) Costs:

2008/09 = £11,031.59
2009/10 = £19,417.07
2010 /11 = £18,131.66

( c) The Authority complies with its legal duty which is to bury or
cremate the body of any person found dead in our area where no suitable
arrangements for the disposal of their body has been made. Whilst we do
this at the minimum cost as you would expect we do use the attached
checklists to help us arrange the funeral and personalise the funeral as
much as possible to take into account the deceased relatives/ friends
wishes were they come forward.

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