Money Advice Scotland expresses concern at rising funeral poverty

 

Money Advice Scotland has voiced concern following reports by BBC Local Radio that the cost of public health funerals had increased by almost 30 per cent in the last four years.

A Freedom of Information request by BBC Local Radio revealed that the cost of public health funerals – also known colloquially as ‘paupers’ funerals’ – had grown to £1.7m.

In Scotland, the 24% rise in the cost of public health funerals since 2009/10 was the second fastest of anywhere in the UK.

Commenting on the story, Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive at Money Advice Scotland, said:

‘Money Advice Scotland has long been concerned about the escalating price of bereavement, with the average funeral now costing £3,550 in Scotland.

The link between debt and death is already firmly established, with Royal London previously noting that 20 per cent of people go into debt to meet the cost of a funeral.

During a time of bereavement, it is extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one whilst also dealing with often complex financial implications.

Our money advisers regularly encounter clients who cannot afford the cost of living, but as these findings show, increasingly, the poorest are also unable to meet the cost of dying.’

ENDS

Sources:

BBC Online, Councils pick up £1.7m bill for 'paupers' funerals'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34943805

Royal London, New Study Reveals Scale of Funeral Poverty: UK Funeral Debt Reaches £142m

http://www.royallondon.com/about/media/news/2014/october/new-study-reveals-scale-of-funeral-poverty-uk-funeral-debt-reaches-142m/

 

 

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