Date lodged: 16 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00249 by Angela Constance on 14 June 2016, whether its consultation on devolved social security benefits will include a plan to introduce parity in the burial and cremation costs that are charged by local authorities.
Answered by: Angela Constance 30 June 2016
Introduction of parity in the burial and cremation costs is outwith the remit of social security. The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 will require burial and cremation authorities that are local authorities to publish their costs, and to keep those fees under review. The Act does not require local authorities to set particular fees for these services. It is the responsibility of each local authority to manage its own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.