Bereaved families in the Oxford area may be a little less pleased to know that the cost of having a relative cremated at their local Dignity owned crematorium will be £999 from next week onwards.
Just a short journey towards London, a cremation at South West Middlesex Crematorium will cost £490 (source Funeralbooker report on UK Cremation Costs here).
We wonder whether it is just Oxford, or all 43 Dignity owned and operated crematoria that are hiking up their prices?
Quoting from Dignity’s Annual Reports & Accounts 2015:
“We are the largest single operator of crematoria in Britain with a growing portfolio of well-established and state of the art crematoria that meet the needs of the local communities we serve. In 2015, we carried out 57,700 cremations representing 9.8 per cent of total estimated deaths in Britain”
57,000 x £999…… just under £56 million according to the GFG intern who was a whizz at maths.
Funeral poverty anyone?