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National Assistance Act Funerals

National Assistance Act Funerals

On rare occasions people die within Clackmannanshire with no traceable relatives or Executor to organise funeral arrangements for the deceased person. Where it appears that no arrangements for the funeral of a deceased person have been, or are being made, using powers in Section 50 of the National Assistance Act 1948, the Council's Environmental Health Service may step in to make suitable arrangements for the funeral. This service is only provided in circumstances where no one else is arranging a funeral and the person has died within Clackmannanshire. If the person has died out with the Council's boundary you should contact the Local Authority where the person died.

The arrangements will only be for the provision of a simple but dignified basic funeral. No funeral notices, service, flowers or funeral cars will be provided. Environmental Health will not provide any financial assistance to arrange a funeral. We will make the arrangements and use an undertaker appointed by us. Cremations will be held in the early morning and out with the district. All funeral costs will be recovered from the deceased's estate and are usually paid before any other debts.

If you wish to arrange a funeral for the deceased person and require financial assistance enquiries concerning this should be directed to the following agencies:

1. UK Government 

Get help with funeral costs:

You could get a Funeral Expenses Payment (also called a Funeral Payment) if you get certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you’re arranging. This payment can help to pay for some of the costs of the following:

  • burial fees for a particular plot
  • cremation fees, including the cost of the doctor’s certificate
  • travel to arrange or go to the funeral
  • the cost of moving the body within the UK, if it’s being moved more than 50 miles
  • death certificates or other documents

You can also get up to £700 for any other funeral expenses, such as funeral director’s fees, flowers or the coffin.

The payment will not usually cover all of the costs of the funeral. How much you receive will depend on your circumstances.

2. Scottish Government 

The Scottish Government will launch of a new Funeral Expense Assistance benefit by summer 2019 which will replace the UK Funeral Expenses Payment. for further information.

3. Other Agencies/Charities 

Benevolent Fund 

Benevolent funds are charitable funds, trusts and societies established by trades, professions, religious institutes, armed and civilian services, charities or members of local communities. They may be able to help you towards the cost of arranging a funeral.

Useful links:

  1. SSAFA (Armed Forces Charity) - - SSAFA, 4 St Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3R 8AD - Tel: 020 7403 8783. Volunteers will help you seek financial assistance.
  2. Child Funeral Charity - - Child Funeral Charity, Unit 1, The Shield Office Centre, 186a Station Road, Kettering, NN15 5NT - Tel: 01480 276088.
  3. British Gas Energy Trust - - Freepost, British Gas Energy Trust - Tel: 01733 421021. May offer payments for people who having trouble paying outstanding funeral expenses. You can apply for this grant on its website.
  4. Citizens Advice Scotland - - Tel: 03454 040506

Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer

When a person dies and has no relatives that can be traced, the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) will claim the estate on behalf of the Crown. They will investigate to determine if the estate has any net asset. Further information on the role of the QLTR can be found on their website at Please note that the Council does not hold any information on the value of the estate of the deceased person.

Funeral List

Details of all such funerals arranged through the National Assistance Act by Clackmannanshire Council since January 2007 are available to download (in PDF format). This document will be updated within 10 working days following any funeral arranged by the Council.

The document was last updated on 13 September 2019.

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For Further Information Contact

Environmental Health
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000