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

For more detailed information about Public Health Funerals in Southend and other general funeral information please see our related downloads area.

Page last updated: 24/10/2018