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Public Health Funerals Open Data

This page provides details of Public Health Funerals (also known as National Assistance Funerals) carried out by the Council.

This data is provided under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

This information is produced in response to an increasing number of Freedom of Information requests (FOI) for details of Public Health Funerals carried out by the Council.

There are relatively few public health funerals in this district.  Therefore we consider that publication of this information at six monthly intervals is reasonable. The provision of updated information before the next planned update will be exempted under Section 22 of the FOI Act as it is information that we hold with the intention of publishing at some future date as specified above.

Exemptions

We apply the following FOI exemptions to the release of any further information about public health funerals:

People who have died with no known next of kin, bona vacantia estates and estates which have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor.  

Section 21- Information Reasonably Accessible to the Applicant by Another Means.

The Council’s reason for applying this exemption is that details of all deaths within the district are registered. Date of birth and exact place of death of the deceased can be found on the death certificate of the deceased. Certificates can be obtained from Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF or can be requested online through Somerset County Council.

Information that the council holds on estates passed, or estates to be passed, to the Treasury Solicitor, is considered to be held on behalf of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. Some details of the estate of those persons who have died and which have been passed to the Treasury Solicitor can be accessed via the Treasury Solicitor’s website or via the Bona Vacantia website.

Section 31 - Law Enforcement

Revealing details of the assets of an estate before the Treasury Solicitor has undertaken their own enquiries would provide an opportunity for criminal acts to be committed (for example, theft or fraud). The council considers that there is no over-riding public interest in releasing this type of information. Any public interest would be best served by upholding the exemption under Section 31 of the Act as disclosure of the information would be likely to prejudice the prevention of crime by enabling or encouraging the commission of offences.

Formats

The information is published as a pdf. Public health funerals report 

Contact

If you have any queries regarding this information please do contact us.