In the last five years, the number of people having public health funerals has climbed by 12 per cent, new research shows.
A report by Royal London found that there has also been a marked increase in the cost of these kinds of funerals in the same period.
This sort of funeral is held by local authorities for either those who have no next of kin, or people whose families can’t afford to pay for a funeral. The average cost of a basic funeral now stands at £3,784, which means many are struggling to find the money to pay for it.
In fact, the organisation pointed out that 16 per cent of people end up in debt as a result of paying for a funeral for a loved one.
Louise Eaton-Terry, funeral cost expert at the organisation, said that the government needs to address the rising levels of funeral poverty in the UK.
“It’s evident that councils are facing increasing pressure to accommodate the rising number of public health funerals in the UK,” she asserted. Costs for these kinds of services have climbed by 36 per cent between 2011/12 and 2015/16.
We’re often not very good at talking about death and our wishes for after we die, but it’s important to have these conversations with friends and relatives, as well as to plan in a practical sense by making sure you have a will. Research last year by Skipton Building Society found that 81 per cent of people in the UK don’t have a will.
You could also discuss your wishes for your funeral with a Gerrards Cross funeral director to save having these conversations with your loved ones.