Scottish Parliament passes legislation to modernise burial and cremation

March 24, 2016   //   No Comments

Legislation to modernise the governance and scrutiny of burial and cremation has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.  The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill will modernise and update 100 year-old legislation – introducing a definition of ashes, standardising forms and record-keeping across Scotland, clarifying the process for instructing the disposal of human remains and placing a duty on burial authorities to maintain the safety of burial grounds.

It also contains provisions to give Scottish Ministers the powers to introduce a licensing scheme for funeral directors.  Read more information on the Scottish Government’s website.