Funerals Arranged by the Council

When someone passes away within Southend Borough and there is no one to take responsibility for the funeral, we have a legal duty (under Section 46 of the Public Health [Control of Diseases] Act 1984) to make the arrangements.

But we will not usually take responsibility for arranging the funeral if:

  • the next of kin receives benefits, as they may be able to make a claim for a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund
  • the deceased died in hospital, in which case the hospital would take responsibility.

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Page last updated: 10/12/2013