Leeds burial charges are the ‘highest’ in Yorkshire

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The cost of burials in Leeds are claimed to be the highest in Yorkshire.

New figures have revealed that burial charges in the city are the highest across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Leeds City Council currently charge £1,931 for a burial and £1,434 for a cremation for residents who die and are interred in the city.

The YEP revealed last year that funeral costs rocketed twice in Leeds in just the space of 12 months.

A recent study by the GMB, who surveyed 18 local authorities, has revealed that Craven Council has the lowest charges for burials, which cost £1,523 each.

But the GMB is warning that the cost of dying is high at a time when people are being forced to tighten their finances.

They claim that on average it can cost over £7,000 to give a loved-one a final farewell.

Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary, said: “At a time when the cost of living occupies most people’s concerns it will be a real shock to many living in the Yorkshire and The Humber that the cost of dying is so high.”

Mr Roache added: “While GMB realises that the public are not queuing up to test the services it remains a fact that few have any idea of how much even a simple burial or cremation actually costs.

“When council charges are included the average funeral costs are £3,284 and the total costs average over £7,000 according to some surveys.

“Someone is making a lot of money out of people’s bereavement.”

The YEP revealed earlier this year that soaring funeral costs and the effects of the recession have left hundreds of families in Leeds unable to afford to give their loved ones a final farewell.

More than 650 so-called ‘paupers’ funerals’ have been organised in Leeds over the last five years.

More than two services, which are also known as public health funerals, are carried out in the city, on average, every single week at a cost of more than a thousand pounds each.

Among those have been funeral services for a baby boy and a 101-year-old.

Leeds City Council and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have been forced to step in to organise 659 ‘paupers’ funerals’ in just five years.

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