Funerals and burial space: key issues for the 2015 Parliament

June 23, 2015   //   No Comments

As reported in SAIFinsight June 2015, the rising cost of funerals and the increasing lack of burial space will be key issues for the 2015 Parliament.

Sun Life’s annual report on the cost of dying calculated that the average cost of a funeral in 2014 was £3950, nearly twice the level in 2004.  Payments from the Social Fund are difficult to claim, cover only certain elements of the total funeral cost and the average payment in 2013-14 was only around a third of the average cost of a basic funeral. Aside from the cost problem, there is major concern over the increasingly scarce space available for burials.

SAIF Members may read the full report by logging into the Members’ Area and selecting the Funeral Profession tab.