Public health funerals

When do we arrange funerals?

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.

Financial assistance  

If the funeral has not yet been arranged, we may pay for the service if the following are met:

  • The death happened in the community (not in hospital, etc)
  • The person responsible for making the funeral arrangements is not in receipt of the following from the Benefits Agency:
    • Income Support
    • Income related Employment & Support Allowance
    • Working Families Tax Credit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit
    • Disabled Persons Tax Credit
    • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit

What is provided 

We will cover the cost of:

  • Funeral Director's fee   
  • Hearse
  • Burial or cremation fee   
  • One car for family or friends
  • Coffin     
  • Chapel fees (Canley Crematorium, St Pauls Cemetery or London Road Cemetery) 

All our advice, help and arrangements will recognise and value the cultural and religious traditions of the family involved.

What is not provided:

Costs that are not met by us include:

  • Death Notice in newspaper   
  • Floral tributes
  • More expensive coffin   
  • Urn for ashes/interment of ashes
  • Extra cars

Bereavement services

Email: bereavement.services@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7678 5486

The Lodge
Cannon Hill Road
Coventry
CV4 7DF

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