Bereavement Services in Kirklees

We have been seeking views from a wide range of people on changes – mainly proposed new charges – to our Bereavement services for the last six weeks, and the engagement is set to end this week.

Every year Bereavement Services provide around 3,000 cremations, 500 full burials and 130 burials of ashes.

Cremations cover their own costs, but burial services operate at a loss. A proposal placed before Cabinet members recommended raising the cost of burials over the next five years to reach a full cost recovery model, except in the case of child burials which would be free of charge.

Cllr Graham Turner, joint Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said:

“At this stage, Cabinet members have only agreed to seek people’s views on the proposed new charges. No final decisions have been made.

“The engagement period was always going to be a vital part of the process as we wanted to hear feedback from interested parties and listen to any other ideas.

“Our burial services are currently losing money, so we need to examine different options at a time of unprecedented financial challenge.

“We know this is a sensitive area for many people and we value the opinions we are receiving.”

Cllr Musarrat Khan, joint Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said:

“The engagement runs until Friday December 8th and there is still time for interested parties to have their say.

“We have already started to analyse the feedback and we expect to make an announcement shortly after the engagement period has ended.”

UPDATE: Our engagement period has now ended – thanks to everyone who had their say during the engagement.

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