Dickensian-style ‘pauper’s funerals’ have soared since Tories came to power as families can’t afford burial fees

The damning statistics, released under the Freedom of Information Act, were uncovered by Lib Dem MP John Pugh

Soaring numbers of grieving families are being forced to give their loved-ones Dickensian-style ‘pauper’s funerals’ because they cannot afford basic burial costs.

Damning new stats show the number of taxpayer-funded pauper’s funerals has rocketed almost 50% since the Tories came to power.

A pauper’s funeral – now re-branded a ‘Public Health Funeral’ – was seen as the ultimate indignity in Victorian times, funded by the local authority when cash-strapped friends and family could not afford a proper service. The deceased is usually given a simple early-morning service before being cremated or buried in a communal grave.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show a 47% increase in pauper’s funerals between 2011 and 2015, from 1,769 to 2,609.

And the true number will be far higher, as only 200 of the 393 councils nationwide provided data.

Read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dickensian-style-paupers-funerals-soared-10180956

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