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Council burials

Occasionally we are asked to arrange for the burial of a person who dies in the Moorlands with no one else to make the arrangements. This is known as a council burial.

This service is provided for reasons of public health and is not intended to help families who cannot afford to make make funeral arrangements. In certain circumstances it is possible for relatives of the deceased to apply for a funeral payment to cover funeral costs from the  Department for Work and Pensions.

When we are asked (usually by the Coroner) to carry out a council burial we try to trace family and friends of the deceased before the burial takes place. If no contact is made a simple burial will be carried out in a grave at a local council cemetery and the burial will be recorded in our cemetery registers.

We do not provide some details, such as the name and address of the deceased, on our website due to the reasons stated in the decision notices below.

ICO decision notice 4.12.2012 [142KB]
ICO decision notice 5.11.2015 [124KB]

In cases where the deceased has an estate of over £500.00 our legal department will make sure the Treasury Solicitors, who will make further efforts to trace next of kin, are informed.

View details of council burials here. [67KB]