Cremation & burial fees for young people to be waived

The Council is introducing a change to its fees for burials and cremations, to support families having to deal with the loss of a young person.

The Scottish Government is providing all Scottish local authorities with funding to enable burial and cremation fees for young people aged 17 and under to be waived as of this Friday (12 October 2018).

Extended age groups

The Council has agreed extend the age groups for which fees will be waved in the Perth and Kinross area.

Fees for burials and cremations will be waived for Perth and Kinross residents, aged 21 and under.  Also in recognition of Perth & Kinross Council's statutory corporate parent responsibilities, fees for local residents aged 26 and under, who are entitled to after care services as defined in Part 10 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, will be waived.

New policy

The new policy for Perth & Kinross Council will come into force on Friday 12 October to coincide with the Scottish Government initiative.

The additional cost to extend these provisions beyond the Scottish Government funded age range will be met by the Council's Housing & Environment Service revenue budget.

Supporting bereaved families

Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Environment & Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Angus Forbes commented:

"I welcome this change. The death of a young person is a very stressful event for any family, bringing with it heartbreak and devastation. I hope this decision will give some comfort in supporting bereaved families at a very difficult time."