We have a duty to dispose of a deceased body under the provisions of the National Assistance and Public Health (Control of Disease) Acts 1948, if the person who died has no assets or if there are no relatives who can make funeral arrangments.
Hospitals and care homes may also be able to help if the person dies while in their care. Initial contact is usually through the Coroner.
If the next of kin is known, contact will be made to establish if they will accept responsability. Legal responsability for married couples rests with the spouse, and for children it rests with the parents.
We will provide a basic funeral and will not pay for the following:
Where no one is prepared to accept responsability for the funeral, we will require details of the deceased assets and reciver the costs if there are sufficient funds available.
If known, the deceased's wishes wll be observed, for example, cremation as opposed to burial. However, if burial is undertaken it will be an un-purchased grave therefore no headstone can be erected.
A list of Public Health funerals arranged by Newcastle City Council is listed on this website.
Below is our listed funerals data dating up to December 2016.
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Address: Newcastle City Council, Room 213, Civic Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
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