Burial charges waived
The council has scrapped burial charges for children aged 17 or under.
The move, agreed at this week’s full council meeting (Tuesday 8 May), follows similar changes in policy by other local authorities in Scotland.
The new policy will ensure residents, irrespective of social economic backgrounds, have equal provision, easing financial pressure in the most difficult of circumstances. Non-residents will also be exempt from any charges.
A second recommendation that representations be made through COSLA for child burial charges to be met by Scottish Government in future years was struck from the motion.
Small but significant difference at difficult time
Councillor John Hackett, Cabinet Member for Commercial Operations, said:
“I’m pleased that we have agreed to join other local authorities across Scotland in abolishing child burial charges.
“Parents should not have the added financial worry of meeting burial costs at a time of unimaginable loss. By waiving these fees we can make a small but significant difference in extremely difficult circumstances.”