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National Assistance Funerals and the Consequences of Funeral Poverty

This report follows on from a previous study by the Stirling and Perth & Kinross Citizens Advice
Bureaux entitled Unearthing the ‘true cost’ of Funerals.

It focuses on one interesting finding from that report, namely the alarming shift in the reasons that a National Assistance Funeral (NAF) was required in the Stirling local authority area. In its analysis it was noted that, from 2010 onwards, the percentage of NAFs in Stirling provided due to relatives being unable to pay had more than quadrupled since 2010, raising from 12 to 59%.

Key findings from this report include:

  • Scottish councils are spending £500,000 a year paying for funerals people can't afford
  • The number of funerals where local councils have had to step in have increased by 24% over the last four years
  • Children as young as six are having their funerals handled by local authorities due to lack of funds of families
  • As many as 1 in every 100 deaths in Scotland result in a National Assistance Funeral
David Robertson, Stirling CAB
Publication date
November 2016
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