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Competition & Markets Authority Slams Funeral Directors & Crematoria

The CMA has published its provisional conclusions as part of its in-depth market investigation into funeral services. (MORE on the Regulation of Funeral PLANS here) Before we get into the CMAs provisional findings, I would like to say that this is a clear endorsement of planning ahead when you are NOT under any serious emotional …

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Complaints about Prepaid Funeral Plans: It Does Happen: What To Do

Normally, we don’t hear any complaints about funeral plans as they do their job smoothly. However, there are two areas currently causing concern and keeping us busy trying to help, even though we have no direct involvement.  PLEASE don’t call us when you have problems, but we are always interested to know if you would …

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Be Prepared for Death – Planning Ahead Pays Dividends

Be prepared for Death – it is inevitable! Dying has never left a bigger hole in someone’s pocket than it does today – and it will only get worse. So being prepared for death makes more sense than ever. Costs, including things such as probate fees, funerals and headstones have risen by 20 per cent in the last four …

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Death Certificate Reform On The Way

Death Certificate Reforms. The Government intends introducing reforms to improve both the protection from and the benefit of the Death Certificate process as from 2018, at least in England and Wales.   Much useful information which could have been of benefit to public health has been not been adequately collated in the past.  The new …

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Refused Bereavement Grant: Would You Qualify?

Grieving student nurse Refused Bereavement Grant. Beccy Oxley is in thousands of pounds worth of debt after being refused government help for her dad’s funeral. She is a student nurse and as next of kin, she was asked to pay for the funeral which cost £3,500.  Unfortunately, the Department of Work and Pensions decided that …

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