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Public Health Funerals in Purbeck

We are sometimes asked for information about the public health funerals that we carry out. The information that can be disclosed is available to download below and is kept up to date:

Public Health Funerals in Purbeck from 2010.

We only refer cases to the Government Legal Department when next of kin can not be traced and the estate is over £500.

Where we have referred a case to the Government Legal Department, information should in due course be publicly accessible at The Bona Vacantia division of the Treasury Solicitor's Department publishes details of most estates valued at £500 or more once their initial enquiries have been completed.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Section 31(1)(a), we are not able to disclose the last known addresses of deceased individuals because this would amount to advertising empty properties.  Releasing information on empty properties is likely to prejudice the prevention of crime as they could be targeted for criminal activity and squatting. In addition, we are not able to publish dates of birth as this could encourage identity theft. 

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