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Merseyside funeral directors warn cremation costs are set to rocket

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MERSEYSIDE funeral directors today warned the cost of dying is set to rocket.

Liverpool council has told firms about a massive price rise for cremations, which comes into force on April 1.

Grieving city families will have to pay an extra £156 for a cremation.

But those who live outside the city boundaries will be the worst hit because they will be charged an increased non-resident rate.

Knowsley residents will particularly suffer because the borough does not have its own crematorium, meaning many families will have no choice but to hold funerals in Liverpool.

Their bill will more than double when the council, which currently charges non-city residents £579, puts the price up to £1,298.

David Barrington, secretary of Merseyside Funeral Association, told the Daily Post and ECHO: "People who live in Kirkby but were originally from around Scotland Road and were moved out of the city will be affected.

"For example, if they wanted to come back to Anfield, where perhaps family members, sons, daughters, husbands or wives may be buried, for their cremation and funeral, they will have to pay the new price."

He added: "It is going to upset people. It will make it very expensive to for people to die.

"It will cost someone who lives in Halewood £1,300 to go to their nearest crematorium, Springwood, which is two miles away."

Other Merseyside councils told the Daily Post and ECHO they would also raise costs, with the exception of Wirral. A spokesman for Liverpool council said: "The unprecedented cuts in funding made setting the council’s budget extremely challenging and there was a determination to protect frontline services where possible.

"We are very conscious of the importance placed upon standards in our cemeteries and crematoria by the public.

"Therefore a decision was taken not to cut the service or reduce the standards of service currently delivered.

"This had to be offset by an increase in the cremation fee.

"While we accept this is a large increase, it remains comparable with other similar authorities.

"Liverpool’s cremation fee is also all-inclusive fee and does not include other fees which some authorities charge separately for."

LIVERPOOL council was not alone in raising prices.

In Sefton, the cost for all cremations will go up by £31 to £501 on April 1.

Halton will increase the charge from £450 to £500 for all cremations.

In St Helens, councillors are yet to decide the price increase. Currently the cost is £416.50, while those from outside the area pay £477.50.

In Warrington councillors voted on Monday to increase the cost of cremation from £418 to £482.33 for residents and £524 for those from outside the area.

Wirral council is ending its two-tier price policy. Residents of the borough will continue to pay £531, but those from outside will no longer have to pay a premium with costs for them reduced by £114.





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