Merseyside merger to improve coroner services

March 19, 2015   //   No Comments

The Ministry of Justice recently announced that families of bereaved people across Liverpool and Wirral will receive better coroner services in the future.

The permanent merger of the Liverpool and Wirral coroner services will greatly improve coroner services in the north west, and generate efficiencies for the local authorities affected.  The needs of grieving people will be firmly at the heart of the coroners system – with an emphasis on speeding up inquests and providing more consistent services.

The government is committed to raising standards of coroner services across England and Wales. Merging Liverpool and Wirral services is a significant step in doing so, and will help to end what has previously been described as a ‘postcode lottery’.

The merger of the Liverpool and Wirral coroners areas are part of the reforms that were set in motion two years ago to prioritise the needs of bereaved people while cutting costs for local authorities.  No courts or inquest venues will close as a result of the merger.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) supports and encourages the amalgamation of smaller or part-time coroner areas to create more fully-loaded caseloads for full-time coroners, to promote consistency over a wider area and generate efficiencies for the local authorities which fund coroner services.