If no one can afford to cover the costs of the funeral, the local council or hospital can arrange a public health funeral. This is usually a cremation where anyone can attend the funeral service, but the local authority will decide the time and date. Extras such as flowers, cars or notices in the local newspaper are not provided, however there is a short service.
If you’re receiving certain benefits, you can also apply for a Funeral Payment from the government to help you pay for the funeral.
Every local authority in the UK has a statutory duty to make arrangements for a public health funeral when:
A person has died in circumstances where the family is unable to be traced, or
No funeral arrangements have been made for that person