Councils across the UK have recently announced large increases in both cremation and grave plot costs. In many councils, cremation costs alone have risen by as much as 20%, far outstripping the rate of inflation in a move that will target the recently bereaved. These are just the latest in council controlled price hikes that have seen cremation costs soar by 48% between 2007 and 2010.
The increases are set to have the biggest impact on the families of those who have not made provision for their funeral or discussed plans with their loved ones. According to figures released by the Dying Matters Coalition in February this is around half of UK adults. The survey shows that 82% of adults do not have a pre-paid funeral plan and 46% have not made any financial provision for their own death. The figures also highlight that only 10% of people get quotes from more than one funeral director.
Alan Waddington of Staysure says, "It is difficult for any of us to face the prospect of planning a funeral for ourselves, but how much harder is it to do it for a loved one? Putting in place a pre-paid funeral plan is a loving action that will not only inflation-proof the event but also dispense with a lot of heartache and difficult decisions for those left behind. We hope that these latest price hikes will encourage people to investigate the benefits that a pre-paid plan provides.”
Staysure offers Dignity pre-paid funeral plans.