Funeral Fund launches to help with cost of pauper funerals
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Finders International are pleased to announce a major social initiative which we hope will benefit hard pressed local authorities and hospitals.
When a Public Health Act funeral is being planned, usually at the council or hospital’s expense, these organisations can now ask Finders International for a subsidy payment towards this cost by applying to our new Funeral Fund.
These will be cases where there genuinely are no known next of kin (rather than next of kin simply refusing to pay) and Finders International will have done the research to confirm this. On receipt of an application for a subsidy, we will assess each case on its merits and decide whether or not to grant a payment, which could be to fund the funeral completely or partially.
How will the money for the fund be raised?
When someone passes away with no known next of kin councils, hospitals and others can refer these cases to Finders International and we will trace next of kin, free of charge to the council or hospital or the referring party in all cases. Where there is less than £5,000 in the estate we do not seek any payment from anyone. When the estate is over £5,000 we agree a simple commission fee with the next of kin we trace whereby we receive payment from their net entitlement at the same time as they receive their money.
We will transfer some of the commission we earn on these cases to our new funeral fund. We will also raise money
through various charitable events and periodically donate to the fund. With hundreds of thousands of pounds being spent on Public Health Act funerals every year, we hope to make a small difference by giving funds to deserving cases.
A simple application form can be downloaded or completed online and certain terms and conditions will apply of course, but we look forward to helping councils, hospitals and others in the future.
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