We have a duty to ensure that funeral arrangements are made for any person who has
died or been found dead in our area where no other suitable arrangements are being
made. In these cases, we will look to recover all costs from the estate of the deceased
Where a person has died and relatives or friends have financial difficulty in organising
a funeral, assistance may be available with a funeral payment from the Social Fund.
If you want to make a claim for a funeral payment you can do so via
Each quarter, we publish the number of National Assistance funerals we have carried
out. We also publish the number of cases which have been referred to the National
Ultimus Haeres Unit (NUHU) which deals with property that 'falls to the Crown' when
there is no beneficiary.
We do not release further details about deceased persons or the amount of their
as we consider this to be inconsistent with our obligation to respect the private
and family life of the individual under the Human Rights Act 1998.
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