Wigan pays for paupers

In the north-west of England, the town council of Wigan has revealed it has spent almost £45,000 on 44 paupers’ funerals in the last five years.

Local authorities are law bound to arrange a funeral for any person “where there is no responsible person able or willing to make funeral arrangements.”

Several charities, including Oxfam and The Trussell Trust, have suggested welfare cuts have made it increasingly difficult for poor families to meet the costs of a funeral.


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