Under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 Basildon Borough Council have a duty to bury any person who has died or 'found to be dead' in the Basildon area in any case 'where it appears to the local authority that no suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have been or are being made'.
Therefore, Basildon Council are responsible for making sure that anyone who dies in (or is found deceased in) the Borough of Basildon, is properly buried or cremated if suitable arrangements have not been made. This could be due to the fact that there is not anybody available to arrange the funeral. Various reasons could apply, such as:
Should information of family or friends be found, they will be informed of the death and asked to make the funeral arrangements. However, if this is not possible for whatever reason, Basildon Council will make arrangements for a basic funeral.
Basildon Council is also responsible for making sure that anyone who dies while being provided with accommodation under Part III of the National Assistance Act 1984 is buried or cremated properly.
Where possible the cost of the funeral will be recovered from the estate of the deceased or from a family member.
If the deceased left items of value (for example; furniture, electrical goods, jewellery or other personal effects) arrangements will be made for the disposal of these items and any money recovered will go towards the cost of the funeral. Likewise if there was a pension or insurance policy, money in a bank, post office or building society account, the local authority have first claim on these funds to help pay for the funeral.
When all costs are known, and if the value of the estate exceeds the cost of the funeral, the Treasury Solicitor will be informed.
For further information and advice see: