Funeral costs rise 10% in Scotland
Written on 24 June 2015
Burial charges in Scotland have increased by 10% in the last year while cremation costs have jumped 5%, according to a new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).
The report highlights the postcode lottery across the country. Burials vary by as much as £2,091 between councils and cremations by as much as £378 between crematoriums.
A funeral in Scotland can now cost anything between £2,600 and £8,000 depending on where you live and the service you choose, says CAS.
You can use our funeral costs calculator to see how much you can expect to pay in your local area.
People seek help on funeral costs
The hike in prices means more people than ever are turning to their local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) for advice about paying for a funeral. CAS reports an annual increase of 35% in the number of advice sessions it conducted in 2015.
The cost of the funeral and an inability to pay are the main reasons people turn to CAS for advice. CAS also helps people with applications for or issues with funeral payments from the Social Fund. If you’re on a low income you may be able to apply for help with the cost of a funeral from the Social Fund by getting a Funeral Payment or Budgeting Loan.
An East of Scotland CAB reports one client being chased by debt collectors following her mother’s funeral. Her funeral director helped her keep costs as low as possible but she still has £800 to pay.
Medical cremation form scrapped in Scotland
One good piece of news is that the £170 charge for medical cremation forms has been scrapped in Scotland saving Scots around £5.5 million a year.
These fees still exist in England and Wales for now.
Help paying for a funeral
You can get more information about the help available to pay for a funeral in our guide on Paying for a funeral. You may also find our guide What to do when someone dies useful. We also have a guide on what being an executor involves if you’re in England or Wales.