Following a report published in The Sunday Times on Sunday, 27 May, information on our policy regarding public health funerals can be found below.
Steve Loudoun, chief officer: environment & public protection, said:
"Bracknell Forest Council has a fair and appropriate policy regarding public health funerals. We have provided for the needs of the bereaved for many years and are very sensitive to the issues that arise at such times. If there is evidence to suggest otherwise, we will investigate as a matter of urgency. If our policy needs to be corrected to make it clearer or to address any valid shortcoming we will do so. We have no desire to deny anyone, with a reasonable right, the opportunity to say farewell to a loved one. Each case has to be fully considered alongside the facts, however Bracknell Forest Council does not fund a formal funeral service as standard."
Full details about our public health funeral policy can be found on our public health funerals page.