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:-
If the person died out with the Council's boundary you should contact the local authority where the person died.
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—
(a) any wishes that the person expressed as to means of disposal of the person's remains, and
(b) whether the person was of a particular religion or belief.
The Environmental Health service will not provide any financial assistance to arrange a funeral, 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.
Making your own Funeral Arrangements for a deceased person.
If you wish to arrange a funeral for a deceased person and require financial assistance enquiries concerning this should be directed to the following agencies:-
1. Scottish Government
"Get Help with Funeral Costs":
Telephone: Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222
If you're a British Sign Language user, you can use the contactSCOTLAND app to contact Social Security Scotland by video relay.
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.
2. Other Agencies/Charities
Benevolent funds are charitable funds, trusts and societies established by trades, professions, religious institutes, armed and civilian services, charities or members of local communities. They may be able to help you towards the cost of arranging a funeral.
Funeral Guide: This website lists charities who can provide advice and financial assistance when to help someone dealing with a bereavement.
Citizens Advice Scotland - Tel: 03454 040506
Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer
When a person dies and has no relatives that can be traced, the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrance (QLTR) will claim the estate on behalf of the Crown. They will investigate to determine if the estate has any net asset. Further information on the role of the QLTR can be found on their website Please note that the Council does not hold any information on the value of the estate of the deceased person.
Details of all such funerals arranged through the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, (previously the National Assistance Act 1948) are available to download (in PDF format). This document will be updated within 10 working days following any funeral arranged by the Council.
This document was last updated on 8th October 2019.
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