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Public Health Funerals in North Dorset

Public Health Funeral arrangements 

We have a responsibility under Section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to make arrangements and pay for Public Health Funerals in certain circumstances:

  • when someone dies without making a will and appointing an executor, and
  • when the council does not think there are any relatives or friends willing or able to make the funeral arrangements

The cost of the funeral is normally paid for using funds from the deceased person's estate (the belongings owned by that person). The council will only arrange and pay for a funeral if no one else is willing to do so.

For more information please contact us:

Freedom of Information requests 

We are frequently asked for 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, or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall.  In response to these requests, for the previous twelve months, we are releasing the following information about public health funerals.

Public Health Funerals in North Dorset.
Month of death Location of home at time of death Next of kin Referred to Treasury Solicitor 
November 2016 to January 2017 No cases completed N/A N/A
February 2017 Blandford Forum Yes No
March 2017 to May 2017 No cases completed N/A N/A
June 2017 Blandford Forum Yes No
August to October 2017 No cases completed N/A N/A
July 2018 Blandford Forum No No
June 2019 Shaftesbury Yes No
September 2020 Blandford Forum No No

Information relating to public health funerals will be updated on a monthly basis. Exemption of Additional Information under The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We apply the following 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, or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall:

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

Our reason for applying this exemption is that details of all deaths within the District are registered. Deaths can be registered at any Registry Office. 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 websiteor 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).

Similarly, there would be concerns about making the last known address of the deceased public, as the property is likely to be unoccupied and might still contain the deceased's personal papers and effects. There is also a continuing risk after the estate has been secured of, for example, identity theft. Taking into account the above issues, the council considers that there is no over-riding public interest in releasing the information requested. 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.

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