Public Health Funerals
Dealing with a death can sometimes prove daunting. General advice is available from your local Jobcentre Plus who have produced the advice leaflet ‘What to do after a death’. If you are struggling to afford to pay for a funeral you may qualify for a Social Fund Payment to assist with the costs. You can find out more about this and apply at your local Jobcentre Plus.
Public Protection are responsible for arranging the funeral of any person who has died other than in hospital and where it appears that no other agency or persons are making suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body.
The Council has a duty under section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to "cause to be buried or cremated the body of any person who has died or found to be dead" within Bridgend, and where it appears "that no suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have been or are being made".
The Council is entitled to recover the costs of the funeral from the estate of the deceased, in the form of a civil debt recoverable within 3 years.
The above provision does not apply to anyone who dies in hospital, or in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Under these circumstances, the responsibility lies with the Health Authority.
For advice please contact Public Protection.