The Council has a duty to arrange for the funeral of persons who die within the district where no suitable arrangements for disposal of the body have been made. The council is usually called upon where people have died without family or friends to make the necessary arrangements. The council arranges the registration of the death and the funeral and endeavours to recover the cost from pensions, insurance companies, sale of items etc. All monies remaining after the deduction of funeral and administration fees are forwarded to the Duchy of Lancaster with whom close liaison is maintained.

Normally notifications to the council are from the coroner’s office who will have done all necessary investigations into the circumstances requiring this service.

Relatives looking for help to arrange a funeral should visit GOV.uk

A register of Public Health Funerals is available to download below:

Public Health Funerals Register