Town’s £2,730 burial fee slammed by union

Echo: Southend most expensive burial cosst in east of England Southend most expensive burial cosst in east of England

SOUTHEND has been named as one of the most expensive place in the East of England for burial fees where the cost can be as high as £2,730.

The GMB union surveyed all authorities and found Southend Council charges £2,730 for a burial and £1,300 for a cremation.

As a result, the union says people in Southend pay £1,000 more than the next highest town, Ipswich, where the city council charges £1,808 for burial and £1,743.00 for cremation.

The cheapest was Stevenage at £816.30 for burial and £242.75 for cremation.

However, Southend Council hit back at the survey, insisting there were cheaper burials available.

A spokesman said: “Southend provides customers with two types of plot to choose from - traditional and lawn.

“Almost all of our customers go for lawn type grave which costs £1,485.

“Unfortunately the GMB used the higher price without checking what is, overwhelmingly, our most popular option.”

If the lower figure had been included it would have appeared as fourth most expensive.

Basildon Council which did not respond to the GMB but provided the Echo with a figure would be ninth in the list

No Essex councils were in the top ten for England for burials.

Lambeth was named as most costly at £5,329 and City of London for cremation at £3,464.

A separate study by insurance company Sun Life Direct found that the average funeral costs are £3,284.

If all the services are included, for example, funeral director’s costs, doctor’s fees for certification, flowers, limousines and catering for the wake/reception then the total average is £7,114.

Paul Hayes, GMB Regional Secretary said, “At a time when the cost of living occupies most peoples concerns it will be a real shock to many living in the East of England that the cost of dying is so high.

“Someone is making a lot of money out of peoples bereavement.”

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6:58am Tue 11 Jun 13

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Can't afford to live, Can't afford to die
Can't afford to live, Can't afford to die notinwestcliffanymore
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9:29am Tue 11 Jun 13

Nebs says...

How can the costs of cremation vary between £242 in Stevenage and £3,464 in Lambeth? Something can't be right.
How can the costs of cremation vary between £242 in Stevenage and £3,464 in Lambeth? Something can't be right. Nebs
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9:33am Tue 11 Jun 13

jayman says...

the are only two certainties in life, death and taxes.

Southend council are making money from both..
the are only two certainties in life, death and taxes. Southend council are making money from both.. jayman
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12:28pm Tue 11 Jun 13

marybelle says...

That's easy to deal with.

Don't die!
That's easy to deal with. Don't die! marybelle
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1:13pm Tue 11 Jun 13

emcee says...

Nebs wrote:
How can the costs of cremation vary between £242 in Stevenage and £3,464 in Lambeth? Something can't be right.
Even the difference between £242 and £1300 is enough to ask why Southend council cremation service prices are that high.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: How can the costs of cremation vary between £242 in Stevenage and £3,464 in Lambeth? Something can't be right.[/p][/quote]Even the difference between £242 and £1300 is enough to ask why Southend council cremation service prices are that high. emcee
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5:39pm Tue 11 Jun 13

hoppie says...

I will do it realy cheap but only on the 5th November
I will do it realy cheap but only on the 5th November hoppie
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5:53pm Tue 11 Jun 13

runwellian says...

I arranged my own funeral, I have registered my boy for medical research and get a free funeral when they have finished with me.

When i am dead I really don't care what happen to my remains, it is only florists and undertakers that care!

If anyone wants to remember me they should think about what I did on my journey through life, not what happens after I have departed!
I arranged my own funeral, I have registered my boy for medical research and get a free funeral when they have finished with me. When i am dead I really don't care what happen to my remains, it is only florists and undertakers that care! If anyone wants to remember me they should think about what I did on my journey through life, not what happens after I have departed! runwellian
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6:34pm Tue 11 Jun 13

jolllyboy says...

Its a rip off through and through. Lets all go out of town !
Its a rip off through and through. Lets all go out of town ! jolllyboy
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5:34am Wed 12 Jun 13

Jubilation says...

The one wonderful aspect of hard times, is the creation, and consequential resurrection, of the good old class system. The Haves, and the Have Nots.
Most, around Essex, will be the latter, having lived in a dream world of have it now, pay later, living on credit.
Time to enjoy your bread and water, you aint seen nothing yet.
The one wonderful aspect of hard times, is the creation, and consequential resurrection, of the good old class system. The Haves, and the Have Nots. Most, around Essex, will be the latter, having lived in a dream world of have it now, pay later, living on credit. Time to enjoy your bread and water, you aint seen nothing yet. Jubilation
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8:15am Wed 12 Jun 13

jayman says...

Jubilation wrote:
The one wonderful aspect of hard times, is the creation, and consequential resurrection, of the good old class system. The Haves, and the Have Nots.
Most, around Essex, will be the latter, having lived in a dream world of have it now, pay later, living on credit.
Time to enjoy your bread and water, you aint seen nothing yet.
you aint seen nothing yet...

Indeed!

i cant wait to see all the right wing scumbags clearing out their offices after the next general election!
[quote][p][bold]Jubilation[/bold] wrote: The one wonderful aspect of hard times, is the creation, and consequential resurrection, of the good old class system. The Haves, and the Have Nots. Most, around Essex, will be the latter, having lived in a dream world of have it now, pay later, living on credit. Time to enjoy your bread and water, you aint seen nothing yet.[/p][/quote]you aint seen nothing yet... Indeed! i cant wait to see all the right wing scumbags clearing out their offices after the next general election! jayman
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