Burial costs in Scotland up 8% in last year
Thursday September 15th 2016 at 6:22 AM
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.”