Funerals

Cost of 'pauper' funerals revealed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than £120,000 has been spent on “pauper funerals” on Teesside.

Middlesbrough Council spent the most with £68,000 on 67 funerals with Stockton Council next with almost £35,000 for 42 services.

Redcar and Cleveland Council carried out the least in total – its 17 funerals coming to £21,000.

Authorities have a legal duty to arrange the funeral of any person who has died or has been found dead in the borough area where no arrangements have been made.

The services are considered as a last resort when no family can be found – or a family is unable to immediately cover the cost.

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Dignity welcomes funerals investigation

BBC Business News

An in-depth investigation into the funerals sector has been welcomed by funeral firm Dignity.

The Sutton Coldfield based company is the only stock market listed funeral business and says it has been in discussions with The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) about the sector.

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Today, the CMA's announced it will conduct a full inquiry, saying that the essential costs of a funeral have increased by 6% each year for the past 14 years.

In November, the authority said it had "serious concerns" about above-inflation price rises.

Responding to the news, Dignity's chief executive, Mike McCollum, said: "Dignity has made clear that we welcome the CMA's investigation into the funeral market and look forward to continuing our work with the CMA and other industry bodies to protect consumers."

Dignity welcomes CMA investigation

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Back to the CMA funeral investigation.

Dignity, the UK's only listed provider of funeral related services, says it has been in discussions with the CMA about the sector.

Mike McCollum, chief executive of Dignity, said: "Dignity has made clear that we welcome the CMA's investigation into the funeral market and look forward to continuing our work with the CMA and other industry bodies to protect consumers."