The most expensive place to die in Britain revealed

21 August 2018

Home counties and capital dwellers face the highest funeral costs in the UK.

Residents of Watford in Hertfordshire pay the highest funeral costs in Britain, shelling out £5,814 on average, according to funeral price comparison service Beyond.

Watford was followed by London (£5,749), Redhill (5,352) and Guildford (£5,317) on the list of areas which incur higher funeral costs.

Newport is the most expensive town for a funeral in Wales, at £5,149, while Aberdeen took top spot in Scotland with an average cost of £4,942.

The national average cost of a funeral now stands at £4,241, up 33% since 2016. This is likely to be down to the largest funeral provider chains hiking prices by as much as £500 over the last two years, according to Beyond.

In contrast, independent funeral directors who make up one third of the market, appear to have dropped prices over the last 12 months.

Beyond’s data was weighted to take into account the UK’s bias towards cremations over burials, with cremations accounting for more than two thirds of funerals in the UK. The company factored in the cost of funeral director fees, a basic wood veneer coffin, urn, flowers, celebrant/minister, hearse and one limousine in its calculations.

James Dunn, co-founder of Beyond, comments: “A lack of transparency in the funeral market is what’s fuelling price rises, particularly among the big chains.

“Death means big business, with half a million Brits dying every year, but a disinclination to shop around is resulting in mourners, who are often vulnerable, paying over the odds.”

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently {launched a review} of the funeral market. As the price of services vary from region to region, the regulator is concerned that consumers are not getting value for money.

See the table below for the top 50 most expensive towns for funerals in the UK:

RankTownOverall average costRankTownOverall average cost
12Hemel Hempstead£4,81337Wolverhampton£4,440
13Coventry£4,75238Milton Keynes£4,433

Source: Beyond, August 2018.


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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I bought a bespoke prepaid funeral plan from Co-op a couple of years ago, I own a new double grave plot cost £300 but as I am now alone I can sell it back and be buried in my dad's grave which now cost me £1,150 all in, if I had used the new plot it would have been £1,325 total as £125 internment fee included in new plot price. I will be collected, put in an unpolished basic coffin, taken to grave and buried. No hearse but use their ambulance van, no embalming, no announcements, no flowers, no service just frill free. I would have liked to go in a body bag on back of builders truck to nearest industrial incinerator. If people can't save for their funeral Co-op do a deal for £1,399 where they take the body in coffin to be cremated out of hours, a no frills funeral, ashes scattered on crematorium gardens or for £95 they will deliver ashes to your door in a container. If you want better get saving as it's time the government grant was cut to maximum of half that basic cost. How come the so called poor can get a grant to include cost of flowers, service, hearse and all the other frills at tax payers expense, or why do we not all get a death grant. Should have paupers grave, unmarked with multiple bodies in for those who say they can't pay, too easy for them today with so much state help for everything.

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