The Scottish Government has published guidance on funeral costs.
The new guidance has been created to make it easier to plan the cost of funerals, burials and cremations.
According to the website, "the aim of the guidance is to make clear and consistent information on costs available so that more informed decisions can be made by those planning funerals."
The ninety-fifth Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities will be held at Westerleigh Crematorium, Westerleigh Road, Westerleigh, Bristol, BS37 8QP on Thursday 12th September 2019. The Notice of the meeting and an agenda will be sent out nearer the date of the meeting.
Representation on the Executive Committee of the Federation is permitted in accordance with Clause 8 of the Constitution. Nominations must be made in writing and lodged with the Secretary not later than 12th July 2019. All nominations must be accompanied by a letter or minute from the appropriate Authority confirming that the Authority supports both the nomination and the individual’s commitment to attend at least three Committee meetings each calendar year, together with the nominee's written consent to serve, if elected.
For more information, contact the secretary here.
As was agreed at the last meeting of the National Committee, the latest revision of the 3rdedition of the Infant Cremation Code of Practice was held back until the cremation, commencement and pregnancy loss regulations come into force, which happened on 4 April.
The Code has now been published on the SG website which you can visit here.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have concluded and published their review of crematoria provision and facilities.
The aim of the review was as follows:
"We are carrying out a review of crematoria provision and facilities to establish whether they are suitable to meet the demand and cultural requirements of all communities.
The review is being carried out in response to concerns about the capacity of crematoria, in particular to accommodate Hindu and Sikh cremations at which traditionally larger numbers of mourners wish to attend. In addition, there have been concerns that crematoria do not always pay sufficient regard to the cultural sensitivities of different faiths.
We want to use this review to establish whether the concerns that have been raised are widespread. We are therefore seeking the views of all faith communities and users of crematoria, whether they are of a faith or none.
We are also seeking views from the providers of crematoria, including local authorities and the private sector, as well as the Local Government Association and industry representative bodies. The government will publish a summary of responses in due course and consider whether any policy changes are needed in light of the evidence received."
To see the full discussion paper, go to their website.
The CMA has today published the Issues Statement in connection with its funeral directors and crematoria services market investigation.
They have also published a summary of the Issues Statement and an administrative timetable for the investigation.
An in-depth investigation of the funerals industry is being undertaken by a Group drawn from the CMA’s panel of independent members. The Issues Statement sets out the areas that the Group intends to focus on during the investigation, how it proposes to go about its work and some of the measures that might be put in place if the Group finds that there are competition problems that need to be addressed.
The CMA are inviting submissions with supporting evidence by Thursday 9 May 2019.
All the information is available on their updated case page.
The FBCA are holding their second annual Bereavement Services Seminar in conjunction with its partners the ICCM, Cremation Society and Association of Private Cemeteries and Crematoria.
Booking is now open for this year's joint organisations' one-day Bereavement Services Seminar on Wednesday 27th March 2019. After the success of last year's event, it is certain to be an interesting and informative day.
Speakers will include:
Further to the newsletter circulated on 19th January 2019, our team are happy to confirm that the new regulations, under the 2016 Act, have passed further parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force on 4th April 2019.
The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considered the regulations on 15th January.
Following this, the Health and Sport Committee considered the regulations on 22nd January. Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, attended this meeting and answered questions from committee members on the new cremation regulations.
Both Committees passed the draft regulations in full.
You can download guidance for the new regulations here.
As highlighted in the December newsletter, if you wish for your organisation or authority to receive training or further information on the new regulations concerning cremation and arrangements (pregnancy loss and stillbirth) in advance of 4th April, please get in touch with our team via [email protected]. We will be contacting those who have already expressed an interest in the coming weeks to share materials and arrange meetings where requested.
The burial and cremation sectors are facing unprecedented change in the way that services to the bereaved are delivered. The rise of direct cremation, the CMA review, ecological challenges and the need to deliver ever more services within shrinking budgets.
CBCE 2019 provides the ideal opportunity to Pause and Reflect on what is happening within the sector and equipping delegates with an invaluable insight to Respond to the changes taking place within their services. This will enable better planning for the continuing delivery of excellence.
As the bereavement sector continues to grow this key annual event provides a unique opportunity to acquire the most up-to-date and relevant information. For further details and registration forms go to www.cbce.org.uk
The burial and cremation sectors are embarking upon a period of unprecedented change. New cremation documentation introduced from April 2018, the burial and cremation legal framework under review by the Law Commission, Defra Process Guidance Notes for Cremation are due to be reviewed and the first wave of abated cremators are now coming up for replacement.
CBCE 2018 will focus on what is happening within the sector and equipping delegates with an invaluable insight in to what the changes are likely to mean for their services. Enabling better planning for the continuing delivery of excellent services. For further details and registration forms go to www.cbce.org.uk
Following detailed consideration, the Executive Committee of the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities has agreed to update the “Code of Cremation Practice” in order to ensure clarity of the guidance.
The updated Code can be accessed by going to the FBCA website at http://www.fbca.org.uk/ and looking under Top Downloaded Documents.
The changes will come into effect with immediate effect and copies of the 2014 version of the Code should be removed from display in public and staff areas of crematoria and replaced with the current version which indicates that it is published in August 2017.
Justice Minister, Dr Phillip Lee MP, laid new regulations before Parliament on 8th September 2016, which will amend the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008.
The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (now available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/883/contents/made) will come into effect on 1 October 2016. They will apply to all regulated cremations in England and Wales.
The new regulations firstly introduce a statutory definition of ‘ashes’. They secondly remove the current requirement that cremation authorities must keep paper records about cremations for two years where they have also made electronic copies of those records.
Dr Lee’s Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament about these changes, and further work that the Ministry are doing to improve cremation regulation and practice following the recent consultation on infant cremations, is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/cremation-regulations.
The FBCA is pleased to state that it has been asked to form part of the The National Cremation Working Group and we will ensure that members are regularly updated as progress is made with the project.
The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), the Cremation Society of Great Britain (CSGB) and the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC) are pleased to announce the availability of a single universally agreed Policy Statement Document for Infant Cremation, which we would suggest should be posted on the websites of privately and publicly operated crematoria.
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The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), the Cremation Society of Great Britain (CSGB) and the Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC) are pleased to announce the availability of a single universally agreed Best Practice Guidance Document for Infant Cremation, which we would suggest should be deferred to by all privately and publicly operated crematoria.
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Burial Authorities should recognise the importance of the service provided and ensure that all procedures are performed in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislation.
The National Committee on Infant Cremation in Scotland has now issued its comprehensive Code of Practice. This is only currently applicable to Scotland, however the remainder of the UK may wish to view this document as Best Practice.