Fact checking required?

Fran Hall

Apparently, according to an article in today’s Times, ‘funeral companies have been told to make fees transparent’.

No they haven’t.

Read the entire piece. It begins with this statement: ‘Funeral directors have been ordered to publish their full fees online after concerns about the soaring cost of services.’ 

No they haven’t.

Later in the piece is the more accurate statement – ‘the NAFD intends to consult with members on adding additional mandatory requirements to the code of practice’

So, they haven’t. And they haven’t.

Shoddy reporting Mr Byers.

(Thanks to Charles Cowling for spotting this)

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Lucy
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The problem of rising funeral costs is quite simple…….greed. Greed by national chains (and some independents who covet the chains “business model”) who thought they could get away with it because in the initial foggy haze of someone dying, what do you do? You don’t shop around for prices. You don’t shop around to find someone you actually want looking after your person. You just pick up the phone or look online for information and largely go with the first company you call because you want to actually do something. Big companies (and some independents) have been able to take… Read more »

Andrew Plume
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Andrew Plume

Strong words Lucy (and I’d expect nothing else) all of which I entirely agree with

And here’s a link to someone who does I’m sure have similar modern views to you:-

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-06/female-led-funeral-directors-bucks-the-trend-in-male-dominated-industry/

regards

Andrew

Jonathan
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Jonathan

True, the funeral trade needs some grinding down at the top, but don’t hold your breath ‘coz it evidently won’t go down without a fight. So discombobulated are we by our dead ones, many of us approach undertakers as if we were entering an arranged marriage with an unlimited dowry. The substantial change will come when we give funerals forethought and arrive… well, not ready, you’re never ready for bereavement, but at least equipped to handle it competently. As long as we hand our precious grieving rituals away to the body specialists, with their complete monopoly on mortuary space and… Read more »

Andrew Plume
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Andrew Plume

Hi Fran

I’m certainly hoping that there will be ‘a diktat’ from wherever that this should be the case (and arising from the full CMA Report)

Andrew

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Louise Winter
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“The average cost of a funeral has gone up by 68 per cent over the past ten years to £4,271. Inflation over that period was 25 per cent”. Clearly the NAFD has been hard at work coming up with creative excuses for this. So far: 1. There are too many funeral homes 2. Relatives are seeking more elaborate funerals 3. Directors are having to pay higher mortuary fees as the time between death and funerals grows longer 4. Obesity is adding to costs – the average coffin width has grown from 50-56cm to 56-61cm in the past decade and funeral… Read more »

JP Norris
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JP Norris

Spot on. Well said, Louise.

Andrew Plume
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Andrew Plume

Good work (again) Louise

……….and complete tosh from the NAFD

the mandate ‘given’ to the CMA into the investigation of the UK Funeral Industry should have been far simpler – I suggest…….’CMA Report regarding prices charged by and the respective roles of Dignity Plc and Co-operative Funeralcare (and the inherent effects on ‘Funeral Poverty’)’

regards

Andrew

Andrew Plume
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Andrew Plume

Hi Louise

Thx for posting the ITV interview with the good folk from Poppy’s on your Twitter page

regards

Andrew