ChatterBank1 min ago
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Corby this is it. Death grant is probably the wrong name
Just to elaborate on Barry's answer a bit:
When someone dies, there's no obligation whatsoever upon his/her relatives (or, indeed, upon anyone else) to arrange a funeral. For example, Richard Branson could pass away and his relatives could simply say "Nothing to do with us, mate!".
When nobody arranges a funeral (either out of choice or simply because they've got no money), the local authority is legally obliged to arrange a 'public health funeral':
The local authority is then obliged to seek to recover the costs of the funeral from the estate of the deceased person. However, if the estate has zero value, the local authority will simply be left to foot the bill. (They can't pass it on to relatives, nor to anyone else).
^^^ The law prohibits local authorities from using cremation if it's known that the deceased person wouldn't have wanted it. Otherwise though, a local authority is expected to be mindful of the non-statutory guidance given in my link above but isn't bound by it.
I suspect that they might use 'direct cremations' in cases where they're not expecting anyone to turn up at a funeral anyway but might hesitate to do so in othe cases.