FOI Request - Public Health Funerals 2016

Request 101001218914

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information about the number of funerals your organisation has paid for in the last financial year (often referred to as public health or pauper funerals).

1. What are the start and end dates of your financial year?
2. How many of these funerals did you arrange in the last financial year?
3. How were the funerals providers found - on a case-by-case basis or part of a larger contract?
4. Whose role was it to find the funeral provider? with contact details if possible.
5. Would you list each funeral with the following details for each: the date, whether the body was buried or cremated, whether a funeral service was held, the total cost, and the funeral provider used, whether an NHS trust contributed any money for this funeral, and if so which trust.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set, eg. in Excel, NOT as a PDF.

Response 22-06-2016

1. 1st April to 31st March

2. Three funerals.

3. A funeral undertaker was awarded a three year contract, following a tendering process carried out in accordance with the relevant procurement requirements, to carry out funerals we arrange in accordance with our duties in terms of Section 50 of the National Assistance Act 1948.

4. The tendering process was dealt with by the Council's Environmental Health Section and Procurement Team.

5. a) 25.6.15
        Burial
        Funeral service held
        Net cost to Council: nil
        Graham J Rattray Funeral Directors Ltd, Allanfern, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth IV31 6QR
        No funding received from NHS

  b)  30.7.15
        Burial
        Funeral service held
        Net cost to Council: £436.76
        Graham J Rattray Funeral Directors Ltd, Allanfern, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth IV31 6QR
        No funding received from NHS

c)     8.10.15
        Cremation
        Funeral service held
        Net cost to Council: nil
        Graham J Rattray Funeral Directors Ltd, Allanfern, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth IV31 6QR
        No funding received from NHS

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