Date lodged: 16 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to stop local authorities charging burial fees for the funerals of under-18s.
Answered by: Angela Constance 30 May 2018
This partnership working is consistent with the approach that the Scottish Government is taking to tackling funeral poverty more generally, as set out in our Funeral Costs Plan.
On 30 May 2018, the Scottish Government and COSLA announced that agreement in principle has been reached to remove local authority child burial and cremations charges for under-18s in Scotland. The Scottish Government will provide funding to support the removal of these charges.