Cost of burials and cremations to rise in budget plans

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 2:52pm

By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter @CharGreenLDR

The cost of burials, cremations and allotments are set to rise for Tameside residents next year.

Council bosses have agreed to increase the majority of their fees and charges for the 2020/21 financial year as part of their budget.

Hiking them by around the rate of inflation at 2.5pc is expected to raise £825k for the town hall.

Council tax bills are also set to rise by at least £39 for residents of the borough as the full council looks set to approve a 3.99pc increase.

Of that, 2pc will go specifically to pay for adult social care.

Under the budget proposals discussed at executive cabinet, the cost of ‘exclusive right of burial’ for residents is to soar by £100, a 11.8pc increase, taking the bill to £950.

Internment fees for residents over the age of 18 are also to rise by £25 up  to £925 while the right to erect a headstone will cost £5 more, up to £170.

Cremation fees for adults are to rise by 4.2pc, adding £30 to bring the bill up to £715.

A memorial bench, including a plaque and attaching it, will rise in price by £15 to £625.

However the price of a black granite baby memorial will be slashed by 31.9pc, down from £245 to £115.

A marriage act premises license will cost £43 more, rising to £1,740.

The price of care meals and drinks is also to rise fractionally.

Day care meals will cost an extra 8p more a day, while community alarms will be increased by 16p a week.

Respite care at Cumberland Street will rise by 29p, up to £11.91 a night.

And home care hourly charges will increase by 36p up to £14.59.

The cost of hiring a senior grade A football pitch during a season will rise by £12.66, and the price of allotments will rise by £2.75 to £112.91.

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) fee will also increase by £13, up to £513.

A pavement cafe application for up to five tables will cost £6 more, while an application for a scrap metal dealer collector will cost a further £10.

The cost of a sex shop premises application is also to be hiked by £59 up to £2,393.

Meanwhile most building control charges are to rise by around 10pc.


Main image:

Dukinfield crematorium. Photo by Gerald England/Geograph. 

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