10 December 2019

Funeral costs: how much does a funeral cost where you live?

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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*.

Funeral costs in the UK

Nine of the most expensive locations for a funeral are in London, with Kensal Green taking the top spot for the most expensive, with an average cost of a funeral at £8,150.

Enfield comes second with average funeral costs of £6,327.

Outside of London and still within M25, Leatherhead makes it to number nine with an average funeral cost of £5,006.

Most expensive places in the UK for a funeral

  Burial 2019 Cremation Average
Kensal Green £13,163 £3,137 £8,150
Enfield £9,288 £3,365 £6,327
Beckenham £7,805 £3,522 £5,664
Southgate £7,413 £3,347 £5,380
Golders Green £7,246 £3,287 £5,267
Southwark £7,304 £3,224 £5,264
Wandsworth £7,354 £3,077 £5,216
Morden £7,124 £3,042 £5,083
Leatherhead £6,491 £3,522 £5,006
Kingston-upon-Thames £6,893 £3,107 £5,000

Source: Royal London National Funeral Cost Index 2019

Least expensive locations in the UK for a funeral 

Funeral costs are substantially lower outside of the M25 corridor.

The average funeral cost in Belfast is £2,943, making it the least expensive place in the UK for a funeral. It’s followed closely by Alford (£3,134) and Glasgow West (£3,140).

  Burial 2019 Cremation Average

Belfast

£3,042 £2,844 £2,943
Alford £3,145 £3,122 £3,134
Glasgow West £3,293 £2,988 £3,140
Paisley £3,293 £2,998 £3,145
Amersham £3,242 £3,082 £3,162
Bridgewater £3,110 £3,302 £3,206
Wellingborough £3,062 £3,351 £3,206
Countesthorpe £3,071 £3,377 £3,224
North Wiltshire £3,121 £3,347 £3,234
Swindon £3,121 £3,347 £3,234

Source: Royal London National Funeral Cost Index 2019.

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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