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Action needed to combat funeral ‘debt and distress’
September 30th, 2016 | 0 COMMENTS
Churches call for more to be done to tackle rising cost of saying goodbye
Catholic and Protestant clergy have united to urge the Scottish Government to combat the exploding cost of burying a loved one. A new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) shows the basic cost of a burial, excluding undertakers’ fees, is now £1,373, up 8% on last year. The total cost is estimated to be £3,799—double that of a decade ago, according to a separate survey by insurer Sunlife. The Scottish government is hosting a conference on funeral poverty in November before social security powers, including funeral payments, are devolved to the Scottish Parliament next year. Fr Jeremy Bath, of St Philomena’s, Whitburn, a Catholic representative on the Church Funeral Poverty Committee, said the situation required ‘aggressive action.’ He said there was an unemployed woman in his parish who buried her husband and son within nine months of each other. “At three and a half grand a time, it’s huge sums.” Fr Bath, who met with... continue reading.