Should funeral directors be licensed?February 17, 2016 // No Comments
This was the subject recently being discussed on the Edinburgh Evening News website. Willie Reid, chairman of the Mortonhall Ashes Action Committee, called for a licensing system for funeral directors to be introduced “without delay”. Mr Reid was giving evidence to Members of the Scottish Parliament during consideration of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill.
If implemented into law, the Bill would tighten rules on form-filling to make sure parents are properly informed and given a choice on disposal of ashes. The legislation includes the option to create a licensing scheme for undertakers, but ministers made clear they had no immediate plans to implement this.
Readers of the article commented that licensing funeral directors could be just another way of councils collecting fees from local businesses and may not resolve the problems which the Bill is aiming to overcome.