FOI Request - Public Health Funerals Information (2)

Request 101001311333

1) What is the number of public health funerals carried out by your authority in the year to August 2016? And in the year to August 2015, 2013, 2010 and the year 2000?

2) Please can you tell me the age of the oldest and youngest person who had a public health funeral?

3) Please can you give me a breakdown of the gender of those who had a public health funeral (e.g. 100 men, 50 women)?

4) If it is recorded, was their family unable to pay for the funeral or unwilling to?

5) What is the cost to yourselves of providing public health funerals for each year since 2006? And in the year 2000?

Response 29-09-2016

1. The following numbers of funerals were arranged by Moray Council's Environmental Health Section, in accordance with our duty in terms of Section 50 of the National Assistance Act 1948, in the years referred to:

1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016:  Four

1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015:  Six

1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013:  Five

1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010:  One

2. The oldest person was 91 and the youngest was 47.

3. In the years referred to in 1. the breakdown in gender was 14 males and 2 females.

4. The Environmental Health Section had to arrange the funerals because there was either no family or they, or other persons, did not wish to be involved in making the arrangements.

5. Please note that although information was requested for the period since 2006 and also for the year 2000, that this has had to be restricted to the records available for the current and the previous six financial years, in accordance with the Council's Records Management Policy. The net costs in arranging the funerals were as follows:

1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011: £975.04

1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012: £422.50

1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013: £2101.54

1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014: £2498.94

1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015: £4708.11

1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016: £436.76

1 April 2016 to 28 September 2016: £1386.00

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