The high price of dying

Coping with berievment
Coping with berievment

More and more people are struggling with funeral costs in Scotland.

A Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) report published this week said that the number of people asking for help with funeral costs had risen by 35 per cent from 2014 figures.

The report also said the basic cost of funerals had risen in all but two local authorities, and on average has increased by 10 per cent from last year.

On average, a burial in Scotland now costs £1,273.

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

Scottish Borders and East Lothian Councils are the two local authorities offering funeral costs closest to the national average.

The total cost of interment and a lair in the Borders is £1,318, making it the tenth most expensive region, while in East Lothian it is £1,270.

The Scottish average is £1,273.

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.

The figures showed that cremations are significantly cheaper than burials - on average a cremation in 2015 costs £601, or 50 per cent less than a burial. However, this also represented a 5 per cent increase from 2014, and CAS said it was “a difficult amount for many families to find, especially if the bereavement is sudden.”