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Launch of new low cost funeral service for £1,595

Published 5th October 2016

The launch of Sandwell Council's new low cost funeral service

Bereaved families have a new option for an affordable funeral, thanks to Sandwell Council’s service aimed at cutting funeral poverty.

The full cost of a simple, dignified cremation at Sandwell Valley and Rowley Regis crematoriums is £1,595.

This includes a coffin, a funeral service with a minister, all crematorium and doctor’s fees and music of the family’s choice.

The new service is being run by the council and local funeral directors Trinity Funeral Services Limited.

It’s aimed at helping families whose loved one hasn’t made arrangements for their own funeral and those who cannot afford for funeral costs to run into many thousands of pounds.

According to the Funeral Poverty Alliance (FPA), the cost of funerals has risen 80% in a decade. Funeral poverty – where people are simply unable to pay for their loved one’s funeral – has increased by 50 per cent in the past three years.

Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities Councillor Syeda Khatun said: "Our local funeral directors provide an excellent service, but we also recognise that families may have difficulty paying for a funeral – particularly in these financially difficult times.

"The council’s new affordable funeral service gives people the option of a dignified funeral that won’t leave their loved ones in thousands upon thousands of pounds of debt.

"The council’s registration services team already provide a range of excellent caring services for the bereaved. We are pleased to be able to work with a local funeral director to provide affordable funerals.

"As with all large purchases, we recommend families obtain quotations from a number of funeral directors before going ahead."

Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Steve Eling, said: "The worry of how to pay for a funeral is a very real thing for many families and individuals across Sandwell.

"This service means we can take away some of that fear by giving people the option for a dignified service at a more affordable price."

The Funeral Poverty Alliance believes society has a responsibility to ensure everyone has access to a funeral that:

  • is affordable, and doesn’t leave them facing financial hardship
  • is meaningful to the person who has died and/or those arranging the funeral
  • allows people to grieve without further financial distress.

Find out more about the Sandwell Funeral Service. For more details, call Bereavement Services on 0121 569 6700 or email bereavement_services@sandwell.gov.uk