PRIVATE FIRM: Council signs three year deal to provide public funerals
Local councils are required to provide a public funeral for those who die without any arrangements being made
A council has signed a three-year deal with a private firm so it can continue to make arrangements for public funerals.
Like other local authorities, Redcar and Cleveland Council has a statutory responsibility to provide a funeral to anybody who dies within its boundaries if no arrangements have been made, no relatives of the deceased can be traced, or if the relatives cannot or will not arrange a funeral.
The council’s contract to provide public health funeral services with Dignity Funeral Services – which trades as Stanway & Garnett Funeral Service – ran out at the end of September.
A new three-year deal has now been agreed with the company, worth more than £42,000 in total and which began last month, with the option of a further year’s extension.
A delegated decision, contained within council cabinet papers, said a competitive procurement process had been undertaken in order to secure the new contract, although it is understood Dignity Funeral Services’ was the only bid.
The council decision said: “The bid was fully appraised by officers taking into account both price and quality of the submission.
“The bid demonstrated an acceptable level of carrying out public funeral services and was within budget.”
The cost of the contract would be paid for from the local authority’s adult social care budget, but where the deceased in each case had funds the council would endeavour to recover those funds from their estate, the decision said.
The council said the funeral provider was based within the borough and also used local florists and the local crematorium at Yearby.
Words: Stuart Arnold, Local Democracy Reporter
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