We have never had any dealings with Assist Funeral Plans Ltd which appears to be no longer trading. We were approached by a member of the public who had purchased an Assist Funeral Plan and was unable to get any response from them. In theory, the clients’ funds should be perfectly safe in the Assist Funeral Trust – but we have as yet been unable to find out who manages that or where it is located.
Company details are available here (direct download from Companies House._
The Director is listed as GORDON, Michael Thomas.
- His correspondence address was listed as 5 Jupiter House, Calleva Park, Aldermaston, Reading, Berks, United Kingdom, RG7 8NN (the address of UK PLC Registrations). Mr Gordon apparently held 882 directorships! Another address was Trevor Cottage, The Green, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7AW.
The only shareholder of the company was listed as Sibtain Mohammed Hussain.
The address listed for Sibtain Hussain seems to be an accommodation address at 3rd Floor, 207 Regent Street London W1B 3HH. Again, we contacted them on 12th December 2018 to see if they could help -(update) they have had no dealings with Assist at all and advise me that they occupy the whole building. so this route won’t help: accommodation address agencies are required to confirm the identity of their clients, so if they were being used they should have more information.
We contacted the Funeral Planning Authority and this is what they had to say about Assist:
We recommend you contact the FCA Unauthorised Business Unit using the following email address: consumer.queries@fca.
A further disturbing article appears here.
If you have any further information please do let us know, with our Funeral Plan Watchdog hats on.