Burial charges labelled “death tax” in East Dunbartonshire

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A STAGGERING 25 per cent rise in burial charges in East Dunbartonshire has been labelled “a death tax”.

The hike in charges came into force just before Christmas.

The Herald has been told that only a last ditch effort stopped the council administration increasing cemetery charges by 25 per cent each year from 2012 for a period of three years.

Currently the purchase of a full lair in East Dunbartonshire costs £657, with the foundation for a headstone another £223.

Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South SNP councillor Gillian Renwick opposed the rise in charges and is concerned there could be further increases.

She said: “Increasing burial charges year-on-year would be horrific.

“This is one last indignity, particularly for older people who want to make sure friends and family are not put out at what is an incredibly emotional time.”

See this week’s Herald for the full story.