Cost of death certificate almost triples


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Families could spend hundreds on death certificate copies needed to manage an estate, as the cost of dying continues to rise.

As of 16 February 2019, the price of a death certificate copy will go up from £4 to £11 across England and Wales. Families dealing with a bereavement may have to buy 20 or more certificates to manage the estate – meaning that some may have to pay well over £200.

The certificate price change will add to the rising cost of dying, which has left millions of Brits struggling to pay the bills after a loved one’s death. The average debt taken on to pay for a funeral is now at an all-time high.

In 2018 the average cost of a funeral was £4,078 – up from £1,920 in 2004. If prices continue to rise at the current rate, the average funeral could cost as much as £12,000 by 2033.*

Terry Tennens, chief executive of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, told the BBC that the price rise is “highly inappropriate” in the current economic climate.

How a funeral plan can help

If you’re looking for ways to protect loved ones from these rising costs, a funeral plan lets you fix the essential costs of your funeral at today’s prices. Plus you’ll be able to make important decisions in advance, so that your send-off is the way you want it to be.

Avalon works with over 1,600 local, independent Funeral Directors to provide families with peace of mind. To find out why we’re the most trusted name in the business, check out real customer reviews on Trustpilot, or get a quote from one of our friendly advisors.

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About the author

With a Masters from the University of Bristol, Jessica Hanson has worked in the funeral sector for several years, following the latest industry trends and writing about end of life planning. Jessica has previously written as a blogger for the Huffington Post, covering topics such as death positivity, understanding grief and how funerals are changing. You can find Jessica on LinkedIn and Twitter.


*Figures based on historical data and Avalon’s projections