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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
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