1. ITV Report

The most expensive place in Wales for a funeral revealed

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Newport has been unveiled as the most expensive place in Wales for a funeral.

The average cost of a funeral in Wales is £3,586 which makes it one of the least expensive parts of the UK.

Newport is the most expensive place in Wales for a basic funeral, with an average cost of £3,895, whilst Bangor is the cheapest at just £3,013.

The average funeral costs across Wales:

  • Newport - £3,895
  • Northop - £3,868
  • Bridgend - £3,703
  • Colwyn Bay - £3,655
  • Pontypridd - £3,640
  • Cwmbran - £3,640
  • Swansea - £3,638
  • Aberdare - £3,564
  • Wrexham - £3,556
  • Port Talbot - £3,554
  • Llanelli - £3,550
  • Narberth - £3,516
  • St Asaph - £3,513
  • Cardiff - £3,475
  • Barry - £3,459
  • Aberystwyth - £3,415
  • Bangor - £3,331

The report found bereaved families who struggle with funeral costs are taking on £1,990-worth of debt to cover costs.

Across the UK, the estimated total amount of funeral debt in 2018 was £148m, a 12% increase from the previous year, according to the Royal London National Funeral Cost Index.

As bereaved families continue to take on thousands of pounds of debt to pay for their loved ones’ funerals, support from the state remains woefully inadequate.

The Government have tinkered around the edges and made some improvements to the Funeral Expenses Payment benefit, but the fact remains that the fund does not cover the full cost of a simple funeral.

The value of the fund is seriously lacking with no serious action being taken to increase it and help support the bereaved who are being crippled with funeral debt.

– Louise Eaton-Terry, Royal London