FOI Disclosure Log

Customer

15 July 2019

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to request the following information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act:


1. How many public health funerals were carried out in the financial year 2018/19?


2. What was the total cost of public health funerals to the Local Authority in 2018/19?


3. If you recovered funeral costs in 2018/19, what was the total amount that was recovered?


4. What was the most common reason for the council performing a public health funeral in 2018/19? (Choose one option below)
o The deceased had no family
o The deceased"s family were unable to pay for the funeral
o The deceased"s family were unwilling to pay for the funeral


5. Are family members allowed to attend the public health funeral? Please answer Yes or No

6a. If the funeral is a cremation funeral, are the ashes returned to the family? Please answer Yes or No

6a. If you answered YES to 6a, was there a cost to the family to have the ashes returned to them?

7a. How many public health funerals in 2018/19 were burial funerals?

7b. How many public health funerals in 2018/19 were cremation funerals?


 



East Herts Council Response

15 July 2019

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

23 July 2019

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1. How many public health funerals were carried out in the financial year 2018/19?
Published here:https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/article/35559/Public-Burials

2. What was the total cost of public health funerals to the Local Authority in 2018/19?
Burial expenditure for last financial year (18/19) : £14,677.00

3. If you recovered funeral costs in 2018/19, what was the total amount that was recovered?
Burial cost recovered for last financial year (18/19) : £872.14

4. What was the most common reason for the council performing a public health funeral in 2018/19? (Choose one option below)
o The deceased had no family
o The deceased"s family were unable to pay for the funeral
o The deceased"s family were unwilling to pay for the funeral
No family

5. Are family members allowed to attend the public health funeral? Please answer Yes or No
Yes
6a. If the funeral is a cremation funeral, are the ashes returned to the family? Please answer Yes or No
Yes if they wish
6a. If you answered YES to 6a, was there a cost to the family to have the ashes returned to them?
The council makes no charge. Funeral directors may
7a. How many public health funerals in 2018/19 were burial funerals?
3
7b. How many public health funerals in 2018/19 were cremation funerals?
2

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.