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What is the council's role?

Public health funerals are also known as national assistance funerals and paupers' funerals.

Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, we have a duty to make arrangements for the funeral or cremation of the body of anyone who has died or is found dead in the Borough, where it is established after investigation that there is no alternative course of action.

Where possible we will recover funeral expenses from monies available from the deceased's estate.

If a person dies without a known next of kin, we normally act on written instructions received from the local coroner's office.

Where we are notified of a death and no one has come forward to make the funeral arrangements, we will do what we can to trace next of kin and try to establish the religious beliefs or funeral preferences of the deceased.