Pauper's funeral for 18 year old among 500 in Wales
An 18-year-old was among more than 500 people given a so-called pauper's funeral by a Welsh local authority in the past five years.
The public health funerals are carried out by local councils or the NHS, when a person dies without relatives or the family is unable to pay.
BBC Wales has learnt the total cost was more than £500,000.
A spokesman for the councils blamed financial austerity and the declining family ties of people living alone.
Cemlyn Davies reports.
18 Sep 2014
- From the section Wales