Cost of dying 'as high as £7,000'

The GMB union said the most expensive burials were in Lambeth Photo:

The cost of dying can be as high as £7,000 when funerals and other costs such as flowers and wakes are added up, according to a study.

The GMB union said the most expensive burials were in Lambeth, London, at £5,329, and the City of London (£5,1850) while crematoriums cost £3,464 in the City of London.

Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB, told the union's annual conference in Plymouth:

At a time when the cost of living occupies most people's concerns, it will be a real shock to many that the cost of dying is so high.

While GMB realises that the public are not queing up to test the services, it remains a fact that few have any idea of how much even a simple burial or cremation actually costs.

Someone is making a lot of money out of people's bereavement."

The top 20 councils for the cost of burial were:

  • Lambeth £5,329
  • City of London £5,185
  • Wandsworth £4,190
  • Merton £4,125
  • Croydon £4,106
  • Enfield £3,665
  • Bromley £3,647
  • Kensington & Chelsea £3,600
  • Bexley £3,256
  • Richmond upon Thames £3,190
  • Barking and Dagenham £3,170
  • Spelthorne £2,992
  • Southwark £2,984
  • Havering £2,955
  • Hammersmith & Fulham £2,940
  • Rushmoor £2,837
  • Southend-on-Sea £2,730
  • Barnet £2,692
  • Brent £2,675
  • Exeter £2,650

The other councils in the top 20 for cremation charges were said to be:

  • Wandsworth £2,350
  • Croydon £2,265
  • Lambeth £2,132
  • Stoke-on-Trent £2,045
  • Manchester £2,012
  • Rushmoor £1,984
  • Walsall £1,892
  • Sutton £1,865
  • Sandwell £1,837
  • Bexley £1,836
  • Wolverhampton £1,811
  • Barnet £1,798
  • Merton £1,786
  • Ipswich £1,743
  • Bristol £1,675
  • Coventry £1,661
  • Sefton £1,655
  • Spelthorne £1,648
  • Kingston upon Thames £1,635