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Under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, when a resident in the area passes away (excluding in hospital) we have a duty to make arrangements for the funeral if living relatives cannot be found or they are unable/unwilling to pay any funeral expenses.
We do not publish information about deceased individuals who have received public health burials due to section 31 (law enforcement) and section 40(2) (personal data) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Where relevant, information is provided to the Government Legal Department (previously called Treasury Solicitors) and may also be found on the Bona Vacantia website. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), in its decision notices (FS50584670, FS50586033 and FS50583220), supports the non-disclosure of the personal details of the deceased under Section 31.
However, we recognise that there is a public interest in understanding the cost to the public of public health funerals. Public Health Funerals data is available on how many funerals have taken place as well as the cost. This information is updated annually, and will next be updated April 2021.
When we are told that there may be living family members, we will carry out appropriate checks to find them.
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