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Why are you increasing burial charges – they are already very expensive?

The Council has to cover its costs in running the cemeteries and crematorium. We estimate that by 2019/20 those costs will be around £51,000 a year, therefore to break even, charges for the services within the cemeteries would need to increase.  The burial charge for 2016/17 is £710 (subject to Cabinet approval), which will need to increase over the next two years by approximately 12.5% rising to £742 in 2017/18 and in 2018/19 to £799. 
Charges are comparable with those set by other authorities, as the 2015/16 figures show:

Darlington

625

South Tyneside

786

Newcastle

786

Sunderland

782

Gateshead

757

North Tyneside

762

Stockton

420

Middlesbrough

522

Durham

760

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