We are told when people have died with no next of kin or where there may not be enough funds to carry out a funeral service. In these cases we may be asked to arrange the funeral.
It is our duty, under the Public Health Control of Disease Act 1984 section 46(i), to arrange a cremation or a burial for a person who has died within our area where no suitable funeral arrangements have been, or are being, made.
It is most important that you contact us before any arrangements are made with a Funeral Director.
Please be aware that by law the first claim on any estate is for the funeral costs. We will, therefore, reclaim costs if an estate is found to exist.
In such cases we may pass details of a person's estate to the Treasury Solicitor Bona Vacantia division so they can deal with the administration of the estate of a person who has died with no next of kin. This is shown on the spreadsheet and in these cases, the deceased's name is provided.
In all cases, we will not reveal the person's last known address as there is a risk of burglaries of empty properties.
In cases where the information has not been referred to the Treasury Solicitor due to the next-of-kin being known us, the person's name is not published to protect the health and wellbeing of any surviving relatives.
Please contact The Bereavement Services office.
If the funeral has not yet been arranged, we may pay for the service if the following are met:
We will cover the cost of:
All our advice, help and arrangements will recognise and value the cultural and religious traditions of the family involved.
Costs that are not met by us include: