Progress to date

The Competition and Markets Authority must carry out its proposed further market investigation into the funeral industry now the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic are passed

There has been no progress on this issue

New regulations must be created setting out minimum standards for public health funerals

There has been no leadership on this issue at national or systems levels. Marie Curie are preparing briefings for Councils on the sensitive delivery of public health funerals and, in consultation with Quaker Social Action and the National Bereavement Alliance, are planning a programme of engagement with Councils across the UK in the coming months.

Funeral Expenses Payment must be extended to currently excluded groups including students

There has been no commitment from Governments across the UK on this issue

Out of hours systems must be in place in every local authority to enable rapid processing of death paperwork and registrations so that quick burials can take place for people whose religion requires it.

There has been no progress on this issue.