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FOI 6566

Parish Burials

Request

1. What steps does the council take to contact family members or relatives when a person dies and there is no arrangement of a funeral?

2. Does a council officer visit the property of the deceased?

3. What is the name, department, address, telephone # and email address of the officer responsible for visiting the property of the deceased?

4. If the council is unable to locate family or relatives, what additional steps are taken?

5. If another company is used to locate family members or next of kin, please provide the name of the company.

6. Which funeral director does the council use when there is a public health funeral to arrange? Provide name, address, telephone # and email address.

7. How many public funerals have there been since 20 November 2012?

For each public health funeral -
7a. What is the name, address, telephone # and email address of the funeral director who arranged the funeral?
7b. Who traced the next of kin or family member? (Please note that the answer should comprise of the name of the person, department, address, telephone # and email address)
7c. Have the next of kin or family been traced?
7d. What is the first name and surname of the deceased?
7e. What is the deceased's date of death and date of birth
7f. What was the last known address?
7g. How much did the funeral cost?
7h. How will the council recover the funeral cost?
7i. Have you informed any government organisation of this funeral? If yes, provide the name.
If not, why?
7j. Have you informed the Duchy, QLTR, NUHU or Treasury Solicitor, or other relevant organisation?
7k. What forms need to be filled out to inform the above (7j)?
7l. What is the name of the officer, department, address, telephone # and email address of the person responsible for filling out the forms which informs the above organisations mentioned in question 7j?
7m Who else is informed of the death and the relevant details?
7n. Name any other forms that are filled out for each public health funeral?
7o. Has the council and/or funeral director placed a notice on-line so friends can attend the funeral? Provide website details.
7p. Has the council and/or funeral director place a notice in a paper so friends can attend the funeral? Provide name of paper and date notice placed.

Response

1. What steps does the council take to contact family members or relatives when a person dies and there is no arrangement of a funeral?
Officers of Brentwood Council will attempt to establish relatives or other interested parties such as executors of estates etc from reviewing documents obtained at the deceased’s property or any personal items that may have been on their being at the time of death.

2. Does a council officer visit the property of the deceased?

Yes

3. What is the name, department, address, telephone # and email address of the officer responsible for visiting the property of the deceased?
This is dependant on the duty Officer at the time as it could be either Environmental Health Officers or Officers from the Cemeteries Department that attend properties. Officers are based at the Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8AY, 01277 321500.

4. If the council is unable to locate family or relatives, what additional steps are taken?

If the Council is unable to establish to existence of family members then the case will be handled and closed i.e. burial arranged by the Council.

5. If another company is used to locate family members or next of kin, please provide the name of the company.

No external companies are employed to undertake such duties.

6. Which funeral director does the council use when there is a public health funeral to arrange? Provide name, address, telephone # and email address.

This can vary as we operate a rotational system with local undertakers to ensure an unbiased tendency to a particular firm.

7. How many public funerals have there been since 20 November 2012?

I can confirm that Brentwood Borough Council has had no involvement in any burials that required referral to the Treasury Solicitor, Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or for Scotland the QLTR department since 20th November 2012.