Strained families are being forced to bury their dead using so-called \’pauper\’s funerals\’ because the Government is turning down almost half of those who apply for funeral payments.
The Government Funeral Payment system, designed for those who need support with funeral costs, is being inundated with applications, a new report has revealed. Even for those who do get help, the typical sum awarded is £1,217, which is far short of the average £3091 cost of a funeral.
From whence does this astonishing information come?
The report, from Sun Life Direct and Bath University, said that more people would have to consider alternatives such as a Public Health Funeral, or so-called pauper\’s funerals.
Sun Life Direct eh? You mean from the people who sell funeral insurance? Strictly it should be funeral assurance of course.
Time was when this sort of work would be done by the PR agency. Pity to see universities hiring themselves out to put their imprimatur on such tosh but that\’s the modern age for you.
and this is likely to jump again as the death rate is forecast to rise by 17 per cent each year for the next 15 years.
I may have got my maths wrong on this but that looks unlikely. 100 (current death rate) x 1.17×1.17 (for a total of 15 times) gives something like a 1,200% rise in the death rate. Are we really expecting that?