FOI Request National Assistance Funerals

Request 101001476732

Following from a report I carried out into National Assistance Funerals, I would like to carry out a follow-up to see if there has been any changes over the past year. The data I am looking for is for the past year and would be preferably on a calendar year basis (2016) but can be by financial year if that is how you record it (2016/17). 

What I am looking for is; - the number of National Assistance Funerals carried out - the number of requests for a National Assistance Funeral refused - the age of the deceased (this can be an average over the year or a list of each individual age) - the reason given for requiring a National Assistance Funeral (if one was given) - the total cost of the funeral (before recoveries) - the total cost of the funeral (after recoveries).

Response 20-04-2017

  1. A total of three funerals were arranged in 2016 by the Environmental Health Section in terms of the National Assistance Act 1948.
  2. No requests for funerals were refused.
  3. The ages of the deceased persons were as 72, 47 and 70.
  4. The 72 year old person was estranged from his family. The 47 year old person had family but who did not have the funds to pay for a funeral. The 70 year old person had family who were traced but who didn't wish to make the arrangements for the funeral.
  5. The total costs of the three funerals (before recoveries) were as follows: £1905.20; £1386.00 and; £1608.93.
  6. The total costs of the three funerals (after recoveries) were as follows: Nil; £1386.00 and; Nil.

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