A rising number of people in Scotland are struggling to pay for the funerals of their loved ones.  A Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) report said the number of people asking for help with funeral costs had risen by 35% from 2014.

The report said that the basic cost of funerals had risen in all but two local authorities, and on average has increased by 10% from 2014.

It said there is a “postcode lottery” when it comes to funeral costs.

All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities provided CAS with up-to-date figures on their burial and cremation charges. On average, a burial in Scotland now costs £1,273.

Council funeral charges have been rising by an average of 7% since 2004.

‘Huge disparities’

The rise from 2014-15 was 10%, but the hike in prices was more pronounced in some parts of the country than others.

Moray and South Lanarkshire have not seen any rise in their prices at all, while Aberdeenshire has increased the cost of a burial by 42% since 2014. That translates to a £420 rise on the cost to families planning a funeral.

CAS said that while they understood that the cost of land can vary from council to council, they could see “no reasonable argument” for the cost of preparing a grave, or interment price, varying so much.

Source and complete story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-33243022

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