Ever rising funeral costs and increasing funeral poverty have once again dominated this year’s Royal London National Funeral Cost Index with the average cost of a funeral rising by 3% from £3,675 in 2016 to £3,784 this year.
And whilst this is only marginally above the rate of inflation, it is nonetheless a major issue causing debt levels to rise by £79 to £1,680 amongst those who struggled to meet funeral costs and funeral poverty setting a record of more than £160m an increase of around £10m on last year.
Crucially however the report also reveals the funeral industry is one in disarray with huge disparity in funeral costs even down to postcode level, varying fees from crematoriums and a shortage of burial plots.
These underlying issues within the wider funeral service landscape clearly demonstrates a need for change giving way to greater choice not just in terms of cost, but also options available.
There is already...