Public Health funerals

We must follow The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984, and dispose (burial/cremation) of the body of any person who has died or been found dead within the City of Derby when no suitable arrangements for the disposal of the deceased have been or are being made.

Payment for funeral arrangements

Before we can arrange the funeral, the death must be registered and the home of the deceased searched for a Will and or financial records such as bank statements, cards, or for details of funeral plans which could pay for the funeral. If current details of friends and relatives are found, they will be contacted and informed of the funeral arrangements.

A private company may be used to attempt to locate relatives where none are known and to ask them to cover the costs of the funeral.

Estates that are solvent are usually referred to The Treasury Solicitor who will administer the Estate where there are no known relatives after Derby City Council’s costs have been met.

Information on the deceased

Any other details relating to a deceased person, such as their last known address or the value of the Estate, are not normally disclosed by the Council in response to a Freedom of Information Act request on the basis that the information is exempt under Section 31(a) (Law Enforcement - the prevention of crime) and will not be released.

Please note:

  • if a person dies in hospital and no one is willing or able to arrange and pay for the funeral the Hospital will do so
  • we do not have grants available to assist with funeral costs nor can we help or fund the funeral if it has already taken place
  • Job Centre Plus may be able to offer a loan from the Social Fund
  • our contractor will not provide extra cars for family members or flowers at our cost.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Protection Team on (01332) 642020.


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