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FOI 13667

Public Health Funerals


Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, when anyone in the area passes away and there is no one else willing or able to pay, the local authority for that area must make the necessary arrangements
for a public health funeral. Local authorities will do everything in their power to try and locate living relatives or friends of the deceased and, wherever possible, offer the responsibility of making arrangements to them.

1.Please can you tell me how many public health funerals have been carried out each year for the
last three years? From 2014-2015. From 2015-2016. From 2016-2017?

2. Please can you tell me how much these funerals have cost for the last three years?From 2014-2015.
From 2015-2016. From 2016-2017?
3. Please can you tell me if you record the reason why a public health funeral was required? If there were family and friends who were unwilling or unable to pay or if the deceased person
had no family or friends that you were able to contact? If you do not collect this information please let me know.
I wish to be informed in writing whether you have such information and, if so, I seek the disclosure of that information. If the information is covered by any exemptions, please disclose
such information as is not covered by the exemptions.
I request this information because it is in the public interest to know if the number of public health funerals are increasing or decreasing and how much of the public’s money is being
spent on them.


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