Halton Borough Council has been able to access the Government funded Children’s Funeral Fund for England which means that bereaved parents will no longer have to pay the cost of their child’s burial or cremation.
As from Monday November 23rd, Parents will no longer have the burden of burial or cremation fees at any of the Boroughs four cemeteries or at the crematorium in Widnes for children under 18. This represents a significant saving in times of loss. Parents will still have to pay for additional, optional services and elements such as flowers and receptions.
The scheme is available regardless of a family’s income, and will cover costs for children under 18 and stillbirths after the 24th week of pregnancy. The residency or nationality of the deceased child, or of the person organising the burial or cremation, will not be relevant in determining eligibility.
In the UK, The average cost of a funeral in 2016 was £3,675, according to research by pensions and insurance company Royal London.
Cllr Stef Nelson Executive Board Member for Environmental Services said ‘the loss of a child is an unimaginable trauma for any parent to face. I am really pleased that this scheme has been launched and that the council is now able to offer free burial and cremation for children
The Halton Residents’ Funeral is a fixed cost funeral product for cremation at Widnes Crematorium or burial at Runcorn or Widnes cemetery (or burial in an existing plot at Halton Cemetery).