Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Now a UK Fat Dead Body Tax

But the council is now considering charging more for cremations involving bigger coffins to help pay for improvements costing up to £1.7million.
The plan could see families of the deceased asked to pay an additional £40 surcharge for cremations of larger bodies.

The report states: "Given that it is almost inevitable that the costs of taking larger coffins to facilities further afield is passed on to the customer, it is felt reasonable that if the authority incurs additional costs in order to facilitate larger coffins that a charge of £40 is made."

The Local Government Association warned local authorities as far back as 2007 that crematoriums were finding their furnaces too narrow to deal with bigger coffins.
Standard coffins range from 16 to 20 inches in depth. However, increasingly coffins anywhere up to 40 inches are being ordered to fit larger bodies.