Here’s an extract from a feasibility review conducted by Rugby Borough Council Jan 2010, which plans to build a new crematorium. The review gives us useful info about how these things are costed:
“It is proposed that the number of staff recommended would be: 1 Manager, 1 Administration Officer, 1 Operative
“With on-costs this would be in the region of £99,450 per year, so based on 1,000 cremations a year this would equate to £99.45 per cremation.
“An additional personnel cost at crematoria has been the organist, however there is an alternative system, called the Wesley Music System which is PC and internet based and could be operated by staff and would cost approximately £5,000 per year. Allowing £1,000 for equipment purchases etc the cost would work out at £6.00 per cremation.”
Equipment operating costs
4 cremations a day for 50 five-day weeks of the year (ie, 250 days out of a total 365) in a single cremator @ 90 mins a funeral = 6hrs’ cremator use per day.
Gas — £7.50 per cremation
Electricity — £4.00 per cremation
Reagent and disposal — £4.75 per cremation
TOTAL — £16.25
So: staffing and operating costs as per Jan 2010 stood at £99.45+£6.00+£16.25 = £121.70
The rest of the money goes on maintenance of plant, grounds and building together with capital costs.
Rugby’s plans go to the Planning Committee any day now.
Read the full document here.