The poorest people in society cannot afford to pay the costs of funerals, a survey has revealed. Researchers said the average cost of dying – including funeral, burial or cremation and state administration – stands at £7,622, having risen by 7.1% in the past year.
They estimate that more than 100,000 people will struggle to pay for a funeral this year. The authors of the study at the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research have called on the government to review the system of state support for funeral costs.
In spite of the lowest recorded mortality rates for England and Wales, the cost of dying has increased over recent years. The average cost of a funeral rose by 80% between 2004 and 2013 and is expected to continue to increase.