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Funerals: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 40791, tabled on 27 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to support the funeral industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

4 May 2020

The department has ongoing engagement with the death management sector focusing on the pressure of increased demand, maintaining the welfare of staff, ensuring the deceased are treated with dignity and respect and the bereaved with compassion.

As part of this work, organisations across the funeral sector are sharing key information with Government and in turn the Government is sharing relevant information and exploring whether additional support may be needed. The Government has produced an online hub collating government guidance for the funeral sector and those involved in the management of deaths (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-those-involved-in-managing-covid-19-deaths) so that it is easily accessible for those who need it.