If somebody dies and it appears that no suitable arrangements have been made then Dudley Council has a responsibility to make sure that a person receives a simple burial or cremation (Section 46 of the 1984 Public Health Act).
Before arranging a person’s funeral we will make enquiries as to the existence of a will, any relatives who are able to deal with the arrangements, or funds to pay for the funeral. In some cases this will include making a search of the deceased’s house. We will ensure this process is carried out in a sensitive and dignified way.
In cases where we have arranged the funeral of a person whose finances we have managed, and there is no will, no known next of kin and there are funds remaining in the deceased person’s estate following payment of funeral expenses, the estate will be referred to The Treasury Solicitor who administers the estates of persons who die intestate without next of kin. The Treasury Solicitor then administers the estate of the deceased person and publishes such cases on their website. All information that may be disclosed by the council pursuant to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) in relation to a deceased person is available from the Treasury Solicitor’s website.
Freedom of Information
In response to the volume of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for public funeral information, we have developed this area to publish a list of public health funerals we have carried out. This information will be updated quarterly. As such, all individual requesters will be directed to this page to ensure organisations, working to trace the next of kin, will have access to the same information at the same time.
Dudley MBC does not disclose last known address details on the following basis: