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Good news for Dignity shareholders

Friday, 16 September 2016

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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?

 

5 comments on “Good news for Dignity shareholders

  1. Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Well, I’m pleased to say that Aberdeen Crematorium (council) froze prices at£693.00, this year, gave a small reduction for non attendance cremations, implemented Saturday services if required and has increased service lengths.

    • Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 1:58 pm

      That’s amazing. I wish they would do that down here!

  2. James Dunn

    Monday 19th September 2016 at 12:17 pm

    We’re going to be calling the Dignity crems in the next few days to get the updated pricing (presumably all upwards…).

    If anyone has prices for their local Dignity please email them in. We will still call them it just provides a good double check for us.

    Thanks! James Dunn
    james@funeralbooker.com

  3. Monday 19th September 2016 at 8:44 am

    I think the research Funeral Booker did into the costs of crematoriums will show that out of the top 10, (nine were owned by Dignity) all of them will be hitting the £999 figure in the next few weeks.

  4. Friday 16th September 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Alas, Dignity owned Basingstoke crematorium is also going for a grand, we had the letter today.

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