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
Page last updated: 20/10/2016