Louise Eaton-Terry, funeral cost expert at Royal London comments on the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) working papers as part of their market investigation into the funeral sector.
A basic funeral costs £3,785 on average;
Funeral debt in the UK is at £147 million;
Individual debt is at an all-time high with people taking on an average debt of £1,990 to pay for a funeral, which is a 14% increase from the previous year (£1,744 in 2018)
Royal London’s latest research on public health funerals found:
- £6.3m was spent on public health funerals in 2018/19 by councils in the UK;
- Some local councils do not allow families to attend the funeral, return ashes to families or charge bereaved families for ashes to be returned;
- We are calling for legislation on minimum standards for public health funerals. Local councils in the UK should return ashes to traceable families free of charge if requested and should allow family members to attend a public health funeral.
Funeral Expenses Benefit - The Government is set to increase the Funeral Expenses Payment benefit, which has remained at £700 for 17 years, in Spring this year. While the long overdue increase is welcomed, Royal London wants the Government to commit to annual increases of the benefit if it really wants to have an impact and help those struggling with funeral poverty.
For further information please contact:
Meera Khanna, Consumer PR Manager
- Email: Meera.Khanna@royallondon.com
- Tel: 02032 725129
- Mob: 079191 70502
About Royal London:
Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with funds under management of £130 billion, 8.8 million policies in force and 4,046 employees. Figures quoted are as at June 2019.