SAIF’s Chief Executive reported in The Telegraph

July 27, 2016   //   No Comments

SAIF’s Chief Executive, Terry Tennens, recently responded to a letter in The Telegraph, in which the reader had described his negative experiences of organising a funeral.  Terry’s response was:

“SIR – I was disappointed to learn of the experiences of James Daley when he was organising the funeral of his mother. As chief executive of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), I would like to reassure Mr Daley and others that transparency of pricing does exist within the industry.  SAIF represents more than 870 independent funeral directors across Britain. As part of our code of practice, every member is committed to complete openness about all funeral costs and is regularly inspected.

We are taking part in the Department for Work and Pensions’ consultation on funeral costs and the need for an industry-wide definition of what is meant by a “simple” funeral.

It is important to note that typically only around half of the cost of a funeral is the fee for the funeral director. The rest is made up of third-party costs outside the funeral director’s control, including the cremation or burial, coffin and doctor’s fee. While these costs have increased in recent years, the vast majority of our members have only increased their fees in line with inflation.”

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