Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 places a statutory obligation on local authorities to make funeral arrangements for those who die with the borough without anybody willing or able to make the arrangements.
Arrangements are made in keeping with the deceased cultural and/or religious wishes providing they are known. The plots for Public Health Burials are owned by the Council and up to three coffins can go in each plot. Families are not permitted to place any memorials on these graves.
The act empowers Local Authorities to recover costs from any estate of a deceased person. Any funds remaining then pass to the Treasury Solicitors office.
The document below provides a list of recent cases: