A fixed minimal charge, if any, to be levied for the internment of coffins or cremated remains in council controlled cemeteries in Scotland. This proposal is specifically for the internment of coffins, but can be extended to cremated remains.
When I was born, my mother could have been anywhere in Scotland, but would have been cared for in the same way. Care at the point of need. Our departure from this world must be treated in the same way, with a minimal charge, if any, for the burial of coffins.
The funeral costs are a separate but equally difficult issue, which is currently being addressed by the Scottish Government.
When my mother-in-law died a number of years ago, we received notification of the costs, which included the cost of digging the grave. We were shocked to be quoted £800 and on querying the charge were informed that she was a non resident and that if she had been a resident of the council area the charge was £300. As she had moved out of the area late in life she was considered a resident and the lower figure applied; an extortionate charge for digging a hole. More recently I have had to consider funeral charges again and searched all of the Scottish council web sites and was shocked by the figures. Councils are obscenely profiteering from people at an extremely vulnerable time in their lives and this has to change.
The current charges, listed below, are both shocking and a disgrace. The Isle of Lewis have one fixed charge of £306 and at the other end of the scale East Dunbartonshire charge £1258 for a resident mid week and £3774 to bury a non resident on a Saturday.
This outrageous state of affairs has to be addressed and changed and I request your support for this policy.
Costs of Internment of Coffins
Resident Weekend Non Resident Weekend
Aberdeen City £577
Aberdeenshire £658 £987 £1315 £1973
Angus £601 £901.40
Argyle and Bute £523
Borders £609 £782
City of Edinburgh £1010 £1215 pre 11am
£1483 post 11am
Dumfries &Galloway £507 £706.5 £759 £1138.5
Dundee City £534 £811
Under 12 £267 £400
East Ayrshire £482.5 £965
EastDumbartonshire £1258 £1887 £2516 £ 3774
10 year residency clause
East Lothian £709 £1063 £1063 £1594
East Renfrewshire £444 £1020 £1332 £1626
Children under 18 £222 £1020 £666 £1626
Falkirk District £424 £509 £654 £784
Fife Council £567 £880
Glasgow City £849
Highland Council £638 £798
Inverclyde Council £579.70 £699.10
Isle of Lewis £306
Mid Lothian £488 £732 £724 £1086
Moray Council £758 £1137
North Ayrshire £519 £778.5
North Lanarkshire £610 £823
Perth and Kinross £891
Age 2 to 15 £134
Scottish Borders £609 £782 Sunday & Holiday £1033
South Ayrshire £613 £919 £1226 £1838
South Lanarkshire £842 £861.05 Public Holiday £1060.90
Stirling Council £1004 £1058am £1087pm Public Holiday £1169
West Dunbartonshire £569 £629 £881 £947
West Lothian £482