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On rare occasions people die within Clackmannanshire with no traceable relatives or executor to organise funeral arrangements for the deceased person.
Where it appears that no arrangements for the funeral of a deceased person have been made or are being made, using powers under Section 87 of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 the Council's Environmental Health service may step in to make suitable arrangements for the funeral.
This service is only provided in circumstances where no one else is arranging a funeral and the person has died within Clackmannanshire.
There some exceptions as described below:
The arrangements will only be for the provision of a simple but dignified basic funeral. No funeral notice, service, flowers or funeral cars will be provided.
The Council will so far as known to the authority have regard to
The Environmental Health service will not provide any financial assistance to arrange a funeral, but will make the arrangements and use an undertaker appointed by the service.
If a cremation is to take place, this will be held in the early morning and out with the district.
All funeral costs will be recovered from the deceased person's estate and are usually paid before any other debts.
A list of all such funerals arranged through the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, (previously the National Assistance Act 1948) is available to download. This document will be updated within 10 working days following any funeral arranged by the Council.
If you wish to arrange a funeral for a deceased person and require financial assistance, please refer to the Scottish Government's Funeral Support Payment pages via the link below.
You could apply for a Funeral Support Payment which helps pay for funeral costs if you live in Scotland and receive certain benefits. You must be the nearest relation to the person who died.
You can use the payment towards funeral costs for a baby, child or adult. This includes babies who were stillborn.
It usually will not cover the full cost of the funeral but it should help pay for some costs, for example:
How much you receive will depend on your circumstances.
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