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The Cost Of Dying In The UK

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cost Of Dying Over £7,000 As New GMB Survey Reveals UK Council Charges For Burials And Cremations

It will be a real shock to many living in the UK that the cost of dying is so high that someone is making a lot of money out of peoples’ bereavement GMB Congress told

The City of London charge £3,464 for a cremation. This is the highest cremation charge in a council in the UK.

The other councils in the top 20 for cremation charges are as follows: Wandsworth £2,350, Croydon £2,265, Lambeth £2,132, Stoke-on-Trent £2,045, Manchester £2,012.25, Rushmoor  £1,984, Walsall £1,892,  Sutton  £1,865,  Sandwell £1,837,  Bexley £1,836,  Wolverhampton £1,811, Barnet £1,798, Merton £1,786,  Ipswich £1,743 and  Bristol £1,675, Coventry £1,661 Sefton £1,655, Spelthorne £1,648 and Kingston upon Thames £1,635. The details are set out in the table below.

The top 20 councils for the cost of burial are as follows: Lambeth £5,329, City of London £5,185, Wandsworth £4,190, Merton £4,125, Croydon £4,106, Enfield £3,665, Bromley £3,647,  Kensington & Chelsea £3,600, Bexley £3,256, Richmond upon Thames £3,190, Barking and Dagenham £3,170, Spelthorne £2,992, Southwark £2,984, Havering £2,955, Hammersmith & Fulham £2,940, Rushmoor £2,837, Southend-on-Sea £2,730, Barnet £2,692, Brent £2,675 and Exeter £2,650.

These figures were revealed today at GMB Congress and come from a GMB study for all councils in the UK. The figures for council charges in all twelve UK regions  are set out as pdfs at the foot of the national press release at www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom. Overall these cover charges in 406 councils in England, Walesm Northern Ireland and Scotland.

These charges are major items in The Sun Life Direct Cost of Dying Survey. The  2012 edition states that the average funeral costs are £3,284. If all the services are included, for example, funeral director’s costs, doctor’s fees for certification, flowers, limousines and catering for the wake/reception then the total average is £7,114.

GMB Congress comprising of 500 lay member delegates, finishes today in Plymouth Pavilions Thursday 6th June. The delegates were elected to attend the GMB Congress to represent over 620,000 members in every part of the UK and Ireland and from every sector of the economy. Congress is the supreme policy making body in the union. Also attending were 300 visitors and guests drawn mainly from GMB organized workplaces around the UK and Ireland.

TOP 20 COUNCILS FOR CHARGES FOR CREMATIONS IN COUNCILS IN THE UK

 

 

Cremation, interment of ashes and Exclusive Burial Rights

1

City of London^^

£3,464.00

2

Wandsworth***** ^^

£2,350.00

3

Croydon

£2,265.00

4

Lambeth

£2,132.00

5

Stoke-on-Trent

£2,045.00

6

Manchester*

£2,012.25

7

Rushmoor

£1,984.00

8

Walsall

£1,892.00

9

Sutton^^

£1,865.00

10

Sandwell

£1,837.00

11

Bexley$

£1,836.00

12

Wolverhampton

£1,811.00

13

Barnet

£1,798.00

14

Merton^^

£1,786.00

15

Ipswich

£1,743.00

16

Bristol, City of

£1,675.00

17

Coventry

£1,661.00

18

Sefton

£1,655.00

19

Spelthorne$$

£1,648.00

20

Kingston upon Thames$$$$

£1,635.00

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said, “At a time when the cost of living occupies most peoples concerns it will be a real shock to many living in that the cost of dying is so high.

While GMB realises that the public are not queing up to test the services it remains a fact that few have any idea of how much even a simple burial or cremation actually costs.

When council charges are included the average funeral costs are £3,284 and the total costs average over £7,000 according to some surveys.

Someone is making a lot of money out of peoples bereavement.”

Ends

Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Equality & Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or Brian Strutton GMB National Secretary for Public Serivices on 07860 606137 or Gary Dooland GMB National Political Office 07852 182358 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to Editors:

^^ including 30 minute service. Grave cost includes first interment fee, 60 year lease

** no EBR for interment of ashes

***** cremated remains purchase includes first burial

* Manchester - graveyard fee includes first burial

$  Eltham Crematorium governed by a joint committee from Bexley, Greenwich and Dartford councils, the main administration is run by Greenwich Council

$$$$ EBR fee includes first interment

 

 

 

 

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