FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

06 August 2021

1. What enquiries are generally conducted by the local authority to identify a found unidentified body?

2. How and where is information relating to public health funerals recorded and stored? (Please comment on both digital and physical recording/storing)

3.  Does the recorded information include the location of the bodies within cemeteries or crematoriums?

4. Are unidentified bodies usually buried or cremated?

5. Are cases of unidentified bodies reviewed? If so, what does this involve and when?

6. What records and systems are cross-matched with information relating to cases of unidentified bodies?

 

7. When is information relating to public health funerals deleted or destroyed?

8. How is information relating to public health funerals shared between individuals, departments, police forces, different agencies, and with the public?

9. Are there any differences in the above processes relating to unidentified body parts? If so, what are the differences?

10. Who has the overall responsibility for public health funerals within the local authority?

11. How can the management of information related to unidentified bodies be improved?

12. Is there a person within the local authority who would be willing to be contacted by the PhD researcher to answer further questions that will take approximately 30 minutes? If so, what are their contact details?



East Herts Council Response

03 September 2021

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

1. What enquiries are generally conducted by the local authority to identify a found unidentified body?

                N/A – this would be a police/coroner function.  Our role is to ensure appropriate funeral arrangements have been made to lay them to rest; we do not identify bodies.  If the police/coroner requested we would opt for burial over cremation.

2. How and where is information relating to public health funerals recorded and stored? (Please comment on both digital and physical recording/storing)

            General information on our website, detailed records kept electronically in our database.

3.  Does the recorded information include the location of the bodies within cemeteries or crematoriums?

            Yes

4. Are unidentified bodies usually buried or cremated?

            For all public health funerals - Cremation unless the wishes of the individual are know

5. Are cases of unidentified bodies reviewed? If so, what does this involve and when?

            N/A

6. What records and systems are cross-matched with information relating to cases of unidentified bodies?

            N/A

7. When is information relating to public health funerals deleted or destroyed?

                7 years

8. How is information relating to public health funerals shared between individuals, departments, police forces, different agencies, and with the public?

            Information on our website, then any information requested would go via the FOI route for the public or direct liaison for agencies such as the police.

9. Are there any differences in the above processes relating to unidentified body parts? If so, what are the differences?

            No

10. Who has the overall responsibility for public health funerals within the local authority?

            Environmental Health

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

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Information Commissioners Office
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Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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Thank you for your request.