Burial fees to rise 45% in North East Lincolnshire

Burial fees in North East Lincolnshire are to rise by 45%, according to the council.

The current cost of £845.50 will go up to £1,225 in September while cremation fees will rise from £452 to £584.

The council said the increase was due to "rising inflation, running costs and a national reduction in mortality rates".

The rise is the second increase within a year. In April the cost of a local resident's burial was raised by £17.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, responsible for regeneration and environment, said: "We have also managed to keep these costs low in comparison to other local authorities in our region but we unfortunately have to make difficult decisions and this is one of them.

"The new charges are now more in line with those of our immediate neighbours."

Mr Wheatley added: "We hope that people will understand why we have had to do this. In times of financial restraint, although regrettable, it is important that we look at all of our charges for services and a rise in these fees is unavoidable."

The council charges more for the funerals of non-residents. The non-resident burial fee will rise from £1,691 to £1,750, with the cost of cremations going up from £575 to £584.

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