The rising cost of funerals leaving bereaved families in poverty

Funerals are becoming more expensive, leaving bereaved families in poverty Credit: ITV News

A funeral director is warning that families are being left in poverty after spending thousands of pound on funerals for loved ones.

Reports have shown the cost of the average funeral has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with the expense hitting low-income households he most.

Funeral director Tracey Warren, from Crewkerne, says more legislation needs to be introduced to regulate new companies, so those using them are receiving the right, professional care.

The cost of a basic funeral has more than doubled over the last 15 years Credit: ITV News
A hospice in Taunton has set up its own service to help people who can't afford funerals Credit: ITV News

A hospice in Taunton became so frustrated with the issue, it set up its own service in the town to help those in need. The charity say only a third of people using the service were connected to someone cared for by them.

Jon Levett, Chief Executive of the National Association of Funeral Directors, agrees there should be a form of regulation in the quality of care offered to bereaved families, but the price of services should not be capped.