Cradle to grave? Why the cost of dying is rising.

Richard Dyson reports in The Telegraph 24th Jan 2014: Why the cost of dying is rising so fast – Profit-driven crematoria and rocketing church fees are partly to blame

Some things should not be funded by the state, but the funerals of destitute people have to be…

The widely discussed problem of fuel poverty, when an increasing proportion of a household’s income is spent on energy, was trumped last week by another concept – funeral poverty.

The soaring cost of coping with the death of a family member is pushing more and more people toward state-aided funeral arrangements, according to a study by the University of Bath, published on Tuesday, and reported here.

There are two ways in which the state can help meet burial costs. The first is via a payout under the “Funeral Payments” system overseen by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). This is aimed at helping lower-income families meet burial costs of spouses or children. To qualify, families need to be receiving certain benefits….

….Consumer group Which? provides a range of information about funeral payment options. It includes the following insurance-based example, where “a 60-year-old man paying £15 a month to Legal & General would get £2,879 for a funeral after two years. After his 76th birthday, he’d have paid more than the policy covers and would have to continue paying until he died or reached 90.”

The NHS and ‘cradle to the grave’ | NHS reality. An NHS

Palliative and Terminal Care should be fully funded. | NHS

Everything for everyone forever? (Philosophy, honesty and

Public Health Funerals – Cornwall Council

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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