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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02846: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its view is on the report from Citizens Advice Scotland, The Cost of Saying Goodbye 2016, and its finding that the cost of a basic burial in Edinburgh is the highest in Scotland.

Answered by: Angela Constance 27 September 2016

The Scottish Government is concerned about variation in the costs of burial and cremation across Scotland and the impact this can have on people on low incomes. While it is for individual local authorities to set the level of their fees and manage their budgets, the Scottish Government will be working with them and the funeral industry to look at the impacts of variable fees as part of our wider work on funeral poverty. This will include a round table event with local authorities and a national conference on funeral poverty on 16 November 2016.