Councils organising 'pauper funerals' are billing families for their loved ...

Councils organising 'pauper funerals' are billing families for their loved ones' ashes to claim back some of the costs Families are now having to find around £4,000 for the most basic of funerals In cases when they unable to pay for service at all a public health funeral is held Some don't automatically return ashes to loved ones and charge families for it

By Sean Poulter for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:55 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 08:30 GMT, 8 January 2020

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Organisers of 'pauper funerals' are refusing to allow relatives to attend – and even charging them for their loved ones' ashes.

With families now having to find around £4,000 for the most basic of funerals, many are unable to pay for a service at all. In this event, a public health funeral is held. 

These do not normally include a ceremony, but see a basic coffin provided, as well as a funeral director to manage transport.

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