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Burial costs in Scotland up 8% in last year

Thursday September 15th 2016 at 6:22 AM


Photo: Malky Winter

Photo: Malky Winter

New figures from Citizen’s Advice Scotland show funeral costs are on the rise.

Both council areas in the North East sit above the national average for burial costs.

In Aberdeen a basic burial costs £1,427, and is slightly more expensive in Aberdeenshire at £1,430.

These are more than double the cost of a burial in the Western Isles, at £701.

The Scotland-wide average price is £1,373.31 – an increase of 8% on last year.

CAS policy officer, Fraser Sutherland, said: “Since last year we have seen an overall 8% rise in burial costs, and that there are still huge disparities between the prices set by different councils.

“For example the burial costs in Edinburgh are £1,200 higher than in West Lothian, a neighbouring local authority, and the cost difference between the most expensive location, Edinburgh, and the cheapest location, Western Isles, is £1,552.

“Costs levied by local authorities can increase for a number of reasons, some have made substantial investment in new crematorium or graveyards while others have looked to reduce current subsidies as a result of tighter budgets.

“We have found that cremations are a much less expensive form of saying goodbye, with an average charge of £670. However, even this is 11% higher than the charges last year. In some areas of Scotland only a private crematorium is available with fees being on average 15% more at a private crematorium than a local authority run one.

“The additional burden of costs such as funeral directors expenses, a wake and flowers make this a significant expense for many low-income families, especially if the bereavement is sudden.”

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