Cornwall Council is set to increase its burial costs by hundreds of pounds

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The price of burying a loved one in the Cornwall council region is set to be increased by over £200 for both cremations and burials alike. The council in Cornwall is thinking about increasing these costs as part of a bereavement service fee review for 2020/2021.

A report designated for the scrutiny and neighbourhood overview committee states that the service’s expenditure in 2017/18 exceeded its income by over £400,000.

The council, in that year, looked to increase the price of cremation to try and get them aligned with the next closest provider. They raised the fee to about £765 and also increased burial costs to around the same level. They then agreed to be reviewing them annually.

In the previous year, the Cornwall Council agreed to raise cremation fees by £20 to make the cost £784 while burial prices remained at £1,492. The report being expected by the scrutiny committee will recommend that the charges for cremation be raised to £930 and burial to be increased to £1,790. The report states that the approval of these increases will make for “cost-neutral” services.

The cremation charges are to be assigned to Penmount Crematorium located near Truro. It is run by the Cornwall Council. The report also expects the charges of private crematoriums to increase in 2020. Penmount, however, doesn’t charge for the funerals of those aged 18 years old and below. The two private entities, on the other hand, don’t charge for the funerals of those aged 17 years old and below.

When the report compared burial charges, they highlighted the prices of some of the Cornwall Council operations. These include:

  • Truro – £793
  • Falmouth – £675
  • Saltash – £982
  • Bodmin – £883
  • Bude-Stratton – £355
  • Padstow – £266

Residents of Camborne in Cornwall need to prepare to reach deep into their pockets when it comes to the burial or cremation time.

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