Co-op welcomes PM’s announcement on Children’s Funeral Fund

27 February 2019

Leaders at Co-op Funeralcare have today welcomed The Prime Minister’s announcement to implement the Children’s Funeral Fund before summer 2019.

Having supported over 25,000 families by not charging funeral director fees for children's funerals over the last three decades, Co-op has continued to campaign on this important issue and recently wrote to the PM to express concerns in the lack of progress made with the fund.

Over 5,000 families every year suffer the loss of a child and whilst Co-op does not charge funeral director fees, third party fees such as burial and cremation costs are on average £1100.

Once the funeral fund is implemented, such fees will no longer apply for families. However, it’s evident that this also needs to be the case for privately owned cemeteries, crematoria and parish churchyards to ensure consistency for all families across the UK.

David Collingwood, Director of Funerals at the Co-op said:

“We strongly welcome The Prime Minister’s announcement today to waive child burial and cremation fees. For the last three decades we have supported over 25,000 families by not charging funeral director fees for children under the age of eighteen.

“However, for some time there has been a lack of consistency across the UK which has left many bereaved families facing financial hardship. Whilst today’s announcement will mean that local authorities will no longer charge families for children’s funerals, this must also be the case for privately owned cemeteries, crematoria, and parish churchyards. Otherwise, some families will still face financial concerns at such a devastating time.”

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For more information contact:
Emily Penkett: Emily.penkett@coop.co.uk / 07738621201

About the Co-op’s free child funerals policy

Co-op’s child funeral policy provides free funeral director services to Parents, Grand Parents and Legal Guardians with Parental Responsibility of any child up to the age of 18 (0-17 years).

This includes necessary provision of funeral colleagues, transportation and collection, a hearse and limousine as appropriate, optional embalming, a greater range of coffin choice, option to use a Co-op Funeralcare chapel for the service where available and no charge for weekend funerals.

The policy does not cover associated funeral costs set by third parties and local authorities, such as burial and cremation fees, clergy costs, and doctor certification fee (England and Wales).

About the Co-op

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives and has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9 billion.

Home to the UK’s leading funeral provider, Co-op Funeralcare conducts almost 100,000 funerals annually across over 1,000 funeral homes. Combined with its leading legal services business, the Co-op is also a national provider of later life products and services ranging from funeral plans, through to wills and probate.