Council to act on funeral poverty

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North Ayrshire Council is aiming to ease the financial burden placed on families who have suffered a bereavement with a new initiative to provide a dignified funeral at a lower cost.

Funeral poverty is an increasing reality for many people across North Ayrshire who find themselves in a position where the cost of a funeral outweighs their ability to pay.

According to Citizens Advice Scotland, the average cost of a funeral in Scotland is £3,500 and meeting these costs brings added financial pressure to people on lower incomes at a particularly vulnerable time.

To help alleviate this burden, a council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to work alongside funeral directors to develop a new, affordable Respectful Funeral Service package.

Cabinet member for place Jim Montgomerie hopes the proposal will help minimise any financial burden on grieving families.

He said: ‘All of us at some point will have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a traumatic and difficult time without having the additional burden of organising and paying for the funeral.

‘As well as reducing the cost of a funeral, it simplifies the process while still ensuring a respectful and dignified funeral,’ he added.