Child funeral fees to be scrapped in victory for Labour MP Carolyn Harris

Labour MP Carolyn Harris had to take out a loan to bury her eight-year-old son after he was killed in a car accident

Labour MP Carolyn Harris had to take out a loan to bury her eight-year-old son after he was killed in a car accident

The cost of children's funerals is to be met in future by the taxpayer, the Prime Minister said yesterday.

Theresa May said it was wrong for grieving parents to have to struggle with the difficulties of finding money to bury their son or daughter.

The move follows a campaign by Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who had to take out a loan to bury her eight-year-old son after he was killed in a car accident.

Miss Harris, MP for Swansea East and Labour equality spokesman, had pressed the Government to cover the costs of burials and cremations to help parents who find it hard to pay.

The Prime Minister said there will be a Children's Funeral Fund which will cover for the costs of funerals, burials and cremations. The new fund follows a pattern already set up in Wales.

Mrs May praised Miss Harris for her dignity and strength, and said: 'No parent should ever have to endure the unbearable loss of a child - a loss that no amount of time will ever truly heal.

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