Increase in funeral prices approved by North East Lincolnshire Council

Increase in funeral prices approved by North East Lincolnshire Council

The increase of funeral, cremation and burial prices were approved by the council in a meeting this morning.

Carolina Borgstrom, North East Lincolnshire Council’s Assistant Director for Environment, said:

“The fees and charges of bereavement services have not been reviewed in the last couple of years. A review of fees and charges ensures that the council maintains its income base with rising costs, support provision of services within the agreed budget envelope, and cost increases in this service includes the normal inflatory costs such as staffing, electricity maintenance, and all other auxiliary costs.”

The cost of a 40-minute chapel service and a cremation will increase from £705 to £757. For a Reserved Ashes plot, the new price will be £289 compared to the previous charge of £267.75.

A memorial service will now cost £215 instead of the original £200.

It will cost £215 if a funeral service runs over the allocated 40 minutes at the crematorium chapel.

For traditional burials, the purchase of an Exclusive Right of Burial will now cost £1,100 from the original £995. Use of the cemetery chapel will cost £109, with an additional £65 charge for funerals that run over the allotted time.

Carolina continued: “The aim of the review is to achieve full cost recovery, provide reassurance for residents that this is still a low-cost and reasonably valued service. We’ve also carried out benchmarking with other local authorities in the area to make sure that our costs are not excessively high compared to other areas. I can comfortably say based on that benchmarking, we are still one of the lower costs authorities in the Humber region.”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, responded: “I’m pleased that in the report you mentioned our benchmarking procedures. We have looked at other authorities in the Humber region and so I’m quite happy with this report to go forward as recommended in the report.”

The new fees will come into effect from 1 April 2021.

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