Salford’s new fair funerals service has saved grieving relatives over £66,000 in its first year.
Salford City Council launched the initiative in October last year to help tackle funeral poverty after national research showed low income families going hundreds of pounds into debt to afford a burial or cremation.
The Salford Residents’ Funeral Service offers all the elements and dignity of a traditional funeral service but, thanks to a partnership with local funeral directors Kanes, is competitively priced.
The contract was awarded through the council’s procurement process.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community service, said:
“We expected around 20 funerals in the first year but have actually carried out 47 which is a very solid and successful start to this initiative.
"The difference between our fixed price service and the national average cost of a funeral means those grieving families have saved £66,195 and reduced their risk of going into debt at a very difficult time.”
Salford City Council also abolished cremation and burial fees for children aged under 18, who are residents of the city, last year to help tackle funeral poverty and is supporting the national Fair Funeral campaign run by the anti-poverty charity Quaker Social Action and Citizen’s Advice.
Salford Citizen’s Advice has helped create a dedicated website www.salfordfairfunerals.org.uk offering advice and support around bereavement and planning a funeral.