May criticised for 'heartless' response to child funeral costs call

Carolyn Harris has spoken of her own experience as a grieving mum Credit: ITV News Wale

A Welsh MP has criticised the Prime Minister's 'heartless' response to calls for the government to pay the costs of funerals for children.

Theresa May paid tribute to the Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris but said the issue of costs was a matter for local authorities.

Carolyn Harris broke down in tears in the Commons earlier this week when she spoke of her own experience of not being able to pay for the funeral of her eight-year old son.

She's calling for an end to what she calls a 'postcode lottery' whereby some local councils will pay the costs and others charge grieving parents.

Fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant raised her campaign during Prime Minister's Questions. Here's his question and Theresa May's reply:

On Twitter, Carolyn Harris posted her reaction to what the Prime Minister said:

She's told me the letter that she refers to was sent three weeks ago. She also estimates that it would cost the UK Government just £10m to ensure that no parent has to pay for their child's funeral if they can't afford it.