The average funeral cost in the UK is now £3,785*. While this figure remains virtually unchanged from last year (an increase of £28 or 0.7% to be exact), the average debt that people are taking on to pay for funeral costs is now £1,990 per person*.
What can we learn from these figures?
It’s probably no surprise that nine of the most expensive places in the UK for a funeral are in London. The lack of burial plots in and around the city drives high demand, which in turn leads to increased funeral costs.
But perhaps, more than anything else, the figures highlight the need for future planning when it comes to funerals – if only to secure your funeral costs.
*All figures quoted in this article are taken from the Royal London National Funeral Cost Index 2019. The number of people who struggle to pay for a funeral remains at 12%. However, the individual shortfall they face has increased by 14%, from £1,744 in 2018 to an all-time high of £1,990 in 2019.
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