Cremation cost at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast to rise by 25%
The cost of dying is to increase this year by a massive amount at the crematorium in Belfast. Northern Ireland has only one crematorium which has been completely re-furbished with two more furnaces up to a total of four.
They have had to open early and close later to cope with the increase of customers since it was built 20 years ago. The Northern Ireland Assembly are going to build a new one 20 miles away in the town of Moira , and also another on the other side of Belfast ( where i live ) so that’s handy.
A forth is being thought about in the City of Omagh, County Tyrone
The council currently charges £198 for an adult cremation at Roselawn, but from 1 April this is set to rise to £248.
For cremating a child under 16, they charge £112 at the moment. This is going to rise to £140.
The cost of cremations for people from outside Belfast is already higher, but these charges are also rising by 10%.
For instance, it costs £437 for an adult living outside Belfast to be cremated there at present, but this is rising to £480.
The Department for Social Development operates a funeral payment grant from the Social Fund to help people pay for funeral costs
People who are on a range of benefits and tax credits can apply for the grant
In 2011, 1,711 funeral payments were paid out and the average grant was £995
The committee decided to recommend that most charges for burials and graves would rise by between 4% and 6%. So no matter how you are being buried it will cost more. And for people who have no insurance or saving this is going to be very hard to find.