Local Cremation Costs

How much are local cremation costs?

The BBC obtained information on local cremation costs made by Local Authorities and the rapid rate at which they are rising. Costs vary from a modest £360 to a substantial £1080 – and it may well be that some crematoria who did not reply charge even more! Remember that these are only part of the cost of a funeral (our local advisers will be happy to go into more detail for those interested in investing in a prepaid funeral plan.)  If you look down the table they produced, you will see some incredibly large increases, all many, many times the general rate of inflation. There was just one honourable exception where the cremation cost was actually reduced.

Interestingly, the variation between the cheapest and most expensive is a multiple of THREE – so you could cremate three people in one area for the cost of cremating one in the most expensive (whose neighbours are cheaper!)  Bear in mind that these are all Local Authority operations, and you have to question the extreme variations in cost.

Cremation Costs v Burial Costs

Burial costs are normally far more, and although reasonable cremation or burial costs are usually covered by a proper prepaid funeral plan, purchase of the burial plot is not. Having said that, the overwhelming majority of funeral plans we arrange for people are – at their choice – for local cremations.  Anyone wishing to be cremated in the more expensive locations would be well advised to make extra provision (ask our folk.)

So why are cremation costs going up so much?

  1. Pressure on Local Authorities to balance budgets is clearly a major cause.

  2. Environmental Law has added very substantial costs to the running of crematoria. One Local Authority quoted an investment of £1.8 million, a lot of money. If the filters are not fitted, the crematorium is “fined” £53 for every cremation.

One way of dramatically reducing costs would be to have 24 hour 7 day operation of this expensive equipment, but that, we suspect, would be deeply unpopular and would force a reduction in the number of crematoria and increase travelling times to attend a funeral.

That said, there are an increasing number of privately run cremation facilities and some interesting alternatives which have yet to impact the UK funeral market.

Local Cremation Cost Table

Note: not all authorities had set 2015-16 charges when the figures were obtained so the previous years figure has been used which will make them appear cheaper than they really are. These are indicated by an *.

Local cremation fees are not that straightforward: some times of day may be more expensive than others, there may be extras with some which are included with others, and other variables.

For reference purposes, inflation alone would have added about 10.5% to cremation fees.

Council

2010-11

2015-16

Increase

Aberdeen

535

653

22%

Adur

517

695

35%

Angus

700

830*

19%

Argyll & Bute

447

523

17%

Ashfield

344

584

70%

Aylesbury

450

535

19%

Barnet

540

650

20%

Barnsley

454

673

48%

Barrow

359

721

101%

Bath & NE Somerset

550

645

17%

Bedford

490

647

32%

Belfast

198

360

82%

Birmingham West Midlands

519

685

32%

Blackburn & Darwen

480

633

32%

Blackpool

455

625

37%

Bolton

495

635

24%

Boston

430

650

51%

Bournemouth

459

610

25%

Bracknell

588

739

26%

Bradford

527

650

23%

Bridgend

425

615

45%

Brighton & Hove

365

600

64%

Bristol

510

682

34%

Bromsgrove & Redditch

450

540

20%

Broxtowe

436

586

34%

Burnley

464

610

31%

Calderdale

499

655

31%

Cambridge

527

674

28%

Cardiff City

432

515

19%

Carlisle, Cumbria

521

750

44%

Chelmsford

504

612

21%

Cheltenham

555

629

13%

Cheshire East

379

495

31%

Cheshire West & Chester

410

650

59%

Chesterfield

454

625

38%

Chiltern

450

535

19%

City of London

515

720

40%

Colchester

485

702

45%

Conwy

430

552

28%

Copeland Cumbria

526

700

33%

Cornwall (Penmount)

386

602

56%

Coventry

504

630

25%

Craven District

490

615

26%

Croydon

576

740

28%

Darlington

571

697

22%

Derby

460

617

34%

Doncaster

516

700

36%

Dudley

503

696

38%

Durham

470

630

34%

Ealing

370

575

55%

Eastbourne

510

620

22%

Edinburgh

551

680

23%

Falkirk

363

579

60%

Fareham

457

550

20%

Fife

485

626

29%

Filling

440

600

36%

Gateshead

490

682

39%

Glasgow City

521

568

9%

Gloucester

618

756

22%

Gosport

457

550

20%

Great Yarmouth

474

660

39%

Greenwich

530

623

18%

Guildford

459

755

64%

Gwynedd

382.30

523

37%

Hackney

705

1080

53%

Halton

450

625

39%

Hammersmith & Fulham

370

575

55%

Harrogate

649

764

18%

Hartlepool

509

670

32%

Hastings

479

615

28%

Havant

457

550

20%

Hertfordshire

447

603

35%

Highland

353

534

51%

Hillingdon

495

575

16%

Hounslow

370

575

55%

Hull

433

620

43%

Huntingdonshire

480

520

8%

Hyndburn Borough

368

565

54%

Inverclyde

386

512

33%

Ipswich

566

630

11%

Isle of Wight

547

613

12%

Islington

470

560

19%

Kettering

531

806

52%

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

470

624

33%

Kingston

455

550

21%

Kirklees

556

587

6%

Lambeth

340

543

60%

Leeds

528

729

38%

Leicester

480

750

56%

Lewisham

 667

Lichfield

542

495

-9%

Lincoln

510

620

22%

Liverpool   Merseyside

493

745

51%

London Redbridge

500

745

49%

Luton

625

815

30%

Maidstone

500

638

28%

Manchester Centre

585

735

22%

Manchester East/West

495

790

16%

Mansfield

344

584

70%

Medway

470

575

22%

Middlesbrough

524

624*

19%

Milton Keynes

450

592

32%

Neath / Port Talbot

385

585

52%

Newark and Sherwood

344

584

70%

Newcastle City

435

664

53%

Newcastle-under-Lyme

485

651

34%

North Devon

530

620

17%

North East Lincolnshire

438

627

43%

North Lincolnshire

670

North Somerset

560

815

46%

North Tyneside

410

693

69%

Northumberland

407

695

71%

Nottingham City

388

501

29%

Oldham

396

589

49%

Pembrokeshire

439

564

28%

Perth and Kinross

480

749

56%

Peterborough

505

745

48%

Plymouth

510

825

62%

Poole

535

740

38%

Portsmouth

457

550

20%

Preston

410

583

42%

Reading

500

715

43%

Redditch

450

525

17%

Rhondda Cynon Taff

420

626

49%

Richmond (London)

370

575

55%

Rochdale Greater Manchester

440

599

36%

Rugby

N/A

750*

N/A

Rushmoor

590

797

35%

Salford City

664

Sandwell West Midlands

514

631

23%

Scarborough

540

611

13%

Sefton Merseyside

470

815

73%

Sheffield

490

650

33%

Shropshire

465

685

47%

Slough

545

735

35%

Solihull

475

660

39%

South Ayrshire

420

635

51%

South Essex / Havering

504

660

31%

South Lanarkshire

392

599

53%

South Somerset

480

560

17%

South Tyneside

478

706

48%

Southampton

399

515

29%

Southend

505

710

41%

Southwark

446

649

46%

St Helens

417

566

36%

Stafford

442

625

41%

Stockport

525

662

26%

Stoke

455

545

20%

Sunderland Tyne & Wear

456

604

32%

Swansea

435

580

33%

Swindon

450

535

19%

Tameside Greater Manchester

415

580

40%

Tendring

484

745

54%

Thanet

495

690

39%

Three Rivers

470

520

11%

Trafford Greater Manchester

423.50

639

51%

Tunbridge Wells

478

600

26%

Wakefield

 £ 759

Walsall

532

657

23%

Wandsworth

460

587

28%

Warrington

411

578

41%

Warwick

508

607

19%

Wellingborough

464

796

72%

West Dorset

515

722

40%

West Dunbartonshire

495

593

20%

Weymouth & Portland

515

722

40%

Wigan

420

545

30%

Wirral

531

585

10%

Woking

595

693

16%

Wolverhampton

492

684

39%

Worcester

481

750

56%

Worthing

517

695

35%

Wrexham

455

646

42%

York

618

815

32%

Local Cremation costs.