Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services

Bereavement Services Reports

 

Public Health (Community Funerals)

Our Bereavement Services department deal with Public Health Section 46 funerals under the Control of Diseases Act 1984.  These are often called: Public Health Funerals / Paupers Funerals / Welfare Funerals we call them Community Funerals.  These funerals occur when there is no one capable, willing or available to make the necessary funeral arrangements, or, they simply do not have the financial resources to progress matters.

Information about the Public Health (Community funeral) process

When we become aware of a deceased person with no known Next of Kin, we make reasonable enquiries to ascertain whether there are any living relatives.  We use information from the Police, Neighbours and other Council departments’ records, if available.  Information may also be available from the Coroner. Hull City Council will additionally use in many cases the services of a reputable firm of genealogists, this is to try and locate next of kin. The City Council do not pay for this service, however, if there is a residual estate after the deduction for the Council’s costs has been taken, the Genealogists can help the next of kin to recover any monies due to them. They will charge for this service though.   A Hull City Council Bereavement Officer will usually visit the home of the deceased to search for a will or evidence of family connections etc.  Depending upon the case Hull City Council officers may advise DWP, Council Tax and/or Council Housing teams of the death of a person.  Notices of the death/funeral and obituaries are not published in any newspapers.

 

Hull City Council do not accept responsibility for winding up the estate of the deceased.   The officers will arrange for the cremation or interment and recovery of the council’s costs from whatever assets are available, then will close the case.  Qualifying bona vacantia estates are referred to the Treasury Solicitor.   The ashes are retained for a period of 1 month from the date of the cremation and if not claimed during that time, will be scattered in the gardens of the crematorium.

 

If family or friends wish to make funeral arrangements (and they are most certainly encouraged to do so and have a funeral they would want for their loved one) it will not be dealt with as a Community Funeral and all arrangements will be at their own expense. The Hull City Council team will not be involved.

 

Hull City Council does not use the services of a Funeral Director.  All arrangements are made by the Authority as part of its Affordable Cremation Service.   There is also no church service. A very short chapel service is conducted which includes a reading.

 

The contact details for the Bereavement Team are:

Hull Bereavement Services

Chanterlands Crematorium

Chanterlands Avenue

Hull

HU5 4EF

01482 614976

bereavement.services@hullcc.gov.uk

 

Public Health (Community Funerals) Open Data

We are asked regularly for the following information about these funerals from various sources.

 

1. full names of deceased persons,

2. dates of death,

3. marital status,

4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,

5. dates of birth or ages at death,

6. last known addresses,

7. estimated value of estates,

8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party

 

We have therefore decided to proactively publish this information on a bi-monthly basis to promote open data and transparency and to avoid repeat requests for the same information.  We are able to publish this data because the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations 2016 only applies to living individuals; it does not protect the privacy of deceased persons.

 

Although we do publish some address details, we don’t give out specific house numbers/names.  This is because Section 31 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to withhold information which could affect the prevention and detection of crime.  We believe that as the deceased’s property is likely to be unoccupied and may still contain personal papers and belongings; making the last known address of the deceased public, would be likely to prejudice the prevention of crime by enabling or encouraging the commission of offences.

 

Please find details of Public Health (Community Funerals) dealt with between 2015 and 2020 below.

Please find the Public Health Funerals undertaken (as recorded) so far in 2021 below.  Updates to existing cases listed plus the details for any new cases will be added every 2 months as they arise. This spreadsheet was last updated on 23rd August 2021.

Should you have any queries about this data, please email Liz.Buckley@hullcc.gov.uk

 

Burial and Cremation totals

There also seems to be interest in the total numbers of Burials and Cremations (these figures including Public Health Funerals) held per year so we have decided to publish this bi-monthly as well.  Yearly figures from 2015 onwards can be found below.

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