Up and down the country local authorities have a duty under public health law to dispose of bodies where the deceased died alone or there are no relatives able to pay.

The funerals involve a basic service before the deceased is cremated or buried.

Between April 2015 and March this year, Wolverhampton council arranged 47 such funerals, which are commonly known as paupers’ funerals.

Reported by The Express and Star. You can read the full story here. 

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