Letter: Bury the Debt

Date published: 24 October 2017

Dear Editor,

As Liam Purcell of Church Action on Poverty points out: 'One in six families faces debt and distress after arranging a funeral'.

'Vital government help with basic funeral costs was capped at £700 in 2003, far less than the cost of the most basic funeral'.

The Fair Funerals campaign are calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to Bury the Debt and raise the funeral fund so it covers the cost of a basic funeral and grieving families are not forced into poverty and debt.

The Bury the Debt campaign was launched on Tuesday 17 October with a funeral debt procession in Parliament Square.

Heather Kennedy, Fair Funerals campaigns manager, says: “In the fifth richest country in the world, it’s simply not good enough that grieving families are being forced into poverty and debt trying to arrange a simple funeral after someone they love dies.

“Our government needs to take action to address this growing public concern and guarantee everyone in dignity in death.

“By increasing the funeral fund, many grieving families would be spared the emotional and financial burden of not being unable to afford a respectful funeral.”

Concerned readers of Rochdale Online can help by signing their petition to help put pressure on the Chancellor to act at:

Thank you.


Andrew Wastling

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