Burial charges highest in country

Cadder Cemetery
Cadder Cemetery

The cost of burials in East Dunbartonshire is almost four times as much as other areas of the country, a new 
report has found.

Last month, a study by Citizen’s Advice Scotland (CAS) was commissioned to assess the financial impact of a typical funeral throughout Scotland.

It found that rising costs, coupled with a wholesale reduction in council budgets, has created a ‘postcode lottery’ for bereaved families.

The CAS report said East Dunbartonshire Council charge £2,716 for the cost of both lair and internment.

Its tariff is the highest of all local authorities and almost four times the charge set by East Renfrewshire Council.

Susan McPhee, head of policy with CAS, has noted a growing number of people contacting local advice centres regarding funeral costs.

She said: “Bereavement is a difficult time for any family, and people who have never organised a funeral are often shocked at how expensive it is.

“We have seen a 27 per cent increase in Scots coming to Citizen’s Advice because they simply can’t afford to pay for a burial or cremation.”

East Dunbartonshire Council say the decision to increase the cost of burial was informed by the need to tighten the public purse.

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services, said: “The council had some very difficult decisions to make while facing increased budgetary pressures.

“We realise that burial charges are a sensitive issue but we promise to work with residents who are struggling to pay these charges in difficult times.”

For more on this story see this week’s Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs Herald