Measures to help tackle the issue of funeral poverty in Dundee could take effect as early as next month.
Dundee City Council, together with other members of the Dundee Partnership, have been working to create a “one-stop” funeral support service to assist bereaved locals in financial dire straits.
In addition, council officers are finalising a proposal for a “respectful” funeral package which can provide a dignified service at a lower cost.
This scheme, inspired by a programme created by East Ayrshire Council, aims to include the key aspects of a full funeral service that families can “aspire to” without it costing too much, including a hearse and service of remembrance at a crematorium or cemetery.
In all, the East Ayrshire project saved an average of about £1,000 on a typical funeral cost of £2,772 and council officers hope for similar savings in Dundee.
In a report to be reviewed by councillors next week, council chief executive David Martin said these services could start rolling out from next month on a pilot basis before expanding to a full service in June next year.
The council has also revealed that it will bring an end to burial fees for children under 18 by the end of next month.
Mr Martin said: “The first Dundee Fairness Commission report in 2016 identified funeral poverty as an area for further attention.
“Working together with community members of the Dundee Funeral Poverty Action Group, council officers have developed a range of measures to address this strategic priority.”
The changes have been made possible through a £310,000 grant.