14th February 2020
Busby & Kane Independent
Funeral Directors Ltd
SIGNS FAIR FUNERALS PLEDGE COMMITTING TO PRICE
- Local funeral director Busby & Kane Independent Funeral Directors Ltd has signed the new 2020 Fair Funerals pledge committing to transparent pricing practices and
- Funeral industry under pressure as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) conducts a full inquiry into the sector.
- Average debt taken on by those who struggle with funeral costs has increased by 14% since 2018[i].
- The average cost for a funeral in Flintshire, according to the Royal London Report, is £4,418 for a burial and £3,317 for a cremation.
Local funeral director Busby & Kane Independent Funeral Directors has committed to providing transparent pricing by signing the Fair
Funerals pledge. The pledge has been relaunched by the charity Quaker Social Action amid ongoing concerns at the scale of price rises and the behaviour of some funeral directors in the sector, with
the Competition and Markets Authority currently conducting a full scale inquiry.
The average cost of a funeral in the UK has soared in recent years leaving many families thousands of pounds in debt. According to Royal
London, the average simple funeral now stands at £3,785. Last year the CMA stated that the essential elements of organising a funeral have increased by 6% each year – twice the inflation rate – for
the last 14 years.
Upon the launch of the investigation last year, the CMAiii accused some funeral directors of taking advantage by charging high prices at a time when customers were vulnerable. It said the reluctance of firms to disclose clear
prices, including online, and to provide comprehensive information on the quality and range of services made it hard for people to compare funeral directors. The CMA has since reported that half of
the funeral director websites they audited did not contain price information.
Quaker Social Action, which provides the only UK-wide helpline for people struggling with funeral costs, has relaunched the Fair Funerals
pledge to encourage funeral directors to address the national funeral poverty crisis from within the industry itself.
The relaunched Fair Funerals pledge provides customers with an online tool to check whether their local funeral director is committed to helping them find a funeral
within their means, ensuring they are open about the price of their services, including any third party costs, any deposit required and when the final balance is due.
Tracy Kane, director of Busby & Kane Independent Funeral Directors,
‘’Arranging a funeral can be overwhelming and it can be very difficult to find clear, comparable
information when choosing a funeral director.
People are often unaware of the huge variations in the prices different funeral directors
charge, and without clear options given or displayed on websites they may find themselves agreeing to a funeral service they cannot afford.
Busby & Kane Independent Funeral Directors have signed the Fair Funerals pledge 2020 to help people make an informed decision by committing to being transparent
with information and prices in initial conversations, on our website and on our price lists.’’
Lindesay Mace, manager of QSA’s funeral poverty service Down to Earth, said:
“Last year Royal London reported that the average debt taken on by those who struggle with funeral costs had increased by 14% since 2018. We frequently
support clients who are confused and unclear about quotes they have been given; what costs are for, whether third party fees are included or simply what the total will be, having been told they will
only get something in writing after the funeral. Clearly much more needs to be done and so the Fair Funerals pledge is continuing its activity as part of Quaker Social Action’s Down to Earth
service. We’re very happy that Busby & Kane Independent Funeral Directors has signed.”
Richard, who recently organised a funeral, said:
“The most important thing is the costs are transparent so the bereaved family can clearly understand what costs are needed … and that wasn’t my experience to start
with. The first company I contacted was prompting me to sort out the date and get everything arranged and I felt they were just skirting over the costs and it wasn’t clear how much it would be. When
I eventually got the quote it was more than I thought. That’s the key point; there shouldn’t be any hidden costs.''