Public Health Funerals

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of Request:    30 June 2015          

Date of Disclosure: 20 July 2015          

Please find Devon County Council’s response to each of the questions below;

  1. How many public health funerals has Devon County Council arranged each year from 2010 to 2015?
  2. How much money has Devon County Council spent on public health funerals each year from 2010 to 2015?
  3. What was the most expensive, and the cheapest, public health funeral Devon County Council arranged during 2010-2015? How much did each cost?
  4. What was the age and gender of the youngest person and oldest person to be given a public health funeral from 2010-2015?
  5. How many burials were there during 2010-2015? How many cremations were there during 2010-2015?
  6. Where does Devon County Council bury/cremate a person for a public health funeral?
  7. How many times is an unmarked grave used?

A) Please note that Devon County Council is not responsible for carrying out public health funerals. Therefore we do not hold the information you have requested. In the interest of providing you with advice and assistance please note that public health funerals are generally carried out by District and Unitary Councils. NHS bodies such as Hospital Trusts are also involved with organising Public Health Funerals.

Contact details for all district councils in Devon are available at

Details for the unitary councils of Plymouth City and Torbay Borough Council are available at

Contact information for NHS bodies in Devon are available from the link below;