The cost of funerals held by the Church of England is set to rise once again.
The C of E has voted to increase costs from £102 to £160 from January next year – a rise of over 50%. It has defended itself by saying the new costs are necessary for it to cover lighting and administration fees.
Not all members of the Church are in agreement however, correctly pointing out that this will inevitably have a negative impact on lower income families.
Whether you agree or not that the Church needs to view its activity as almost a business operation in order to remain sustainable, this fee increase is certainly going ahead and so you need to plan in order for your loved ones to remain debt free after you’ve gone.
The average cost of a funeral is now around £7000. With this in mind, many people who have the funds available are choosing to plan now with a funeral planning service. Speak to your Will writing expert who will advise you of ways in which you can prepare financially for the inevitable.