Make your views known on funeral issues – consultation deadlines approachingAugust 28, 2017 // No Comments
The following deadlines for government consultations on funeral issues are approaching:
- Friday 1st September 2017: Scottish Government – The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 – Inspection Regulations.
This consultation is open to all interested funeral directors, particularly those based in Scotland. The purpose is to seek views on draft regulations being made under the 2016 Act. The contents of the draft regulations are a culmination of many years of work and have been informed by the Parliamentary Bill process, stakeholder engagement and the Inspector of Crematoria. At this time the laws which enable Scottish Ministers to appoint inspectors are the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 1935 and Section 89 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016. Under the 1935 Regulations the Inspector of Crematoria has limited powers of inspection. The new legal framework will replace the 1935 Regulations and, from that point, the Inspector of Crematoria will be appointed under the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 as the Inspector of Cremation.
- Friday 15th September: the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland consultation on the proposed reforms of the Social Fund’s funeral expenses payments scheme. The relevant consultation documents can be accessed on the Department’s website by accessing the consultation zone at https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/consultations/reforms-social-fund-funeral-expenses-payment-scheme.