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Child Burial Fees In England Scrapped

A Labour MP who has campaigned for child burial fees in England to be waived has won her battle, with prime minister Theresa May recently announcing the establishment of the Children’s Funeral Fund to help cover expenses.

Under the new rules, the burial or cremation charges for anyone under the age of 18 who dies in England will be paid for by the government. It’s estimated that this move will help over 4,000 families a year.

It’s no secret that funeral costs have been increasing and that the expense can often run into the thousands. For families dealing with the loss of a child, this can be an especially difficult time.

MP Carolyn Harris has been fighting for the change since her son was killed in a road accident in 1989 at the age of eight. She has spoken openly about how she struggled to cover the cost of his funeral and wants other families in a similar situation to be free of this worry.

iNews explained that, although the new government fund will cover the expense of cremation or burial, it doesn’t provide money for extras like flowers or a funeral order of service.

Given that the average cost of a funeral in the UK comes to £3,700, it’s easy to see how this can be difficult to afford for many families.

In November of last year, Wales announced that it would be scrapping burial and cremation fees for children, and now there is pressure on Scotland to do the same.

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