Hackney Council,

Help us shape the new City and Hackney Public Health Funeral policy

Hackney Council is seeking views on a proposed Public Health Funerals Policy, which defines when and how a person who dies within Hackney will be considered for a council funded funeral. 

A Public Health Funeral is arranged by the council when a family is unable or unwilling to arrange and pay for a funeral or the deceased has no traceable family or next of kin. 

Having a policy will ensure that the deceased, their family and communities are aware of how and when Hackney Council will consider providing a Public Health Funeral for someone who has died within the Borough. 

The death of a loved one or family member can be emotionally overwhelming and is something many of us are likely to experience at some stage in life. 

Being able to give due care and dignity to our deceased loved ones, whilst observing any religious and cultural requirements, can go some way to alleviating that distress.

This is why we need to ensure we get the right policy and legal frameworks in place by hearing from our residents. I therefore urge anyone with views on the issues, especially those from communities who have specific funeral customs around the burial of their deceased to take the time to respond.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet member for health, adult social care, voluntary sector and culture

How to take part:

Please read the proposed policy and the Equality Impact Assessment before giving us your views.  You can complete the online survey by 17 January here

You can also collect a paper copy of the policy and questionnaire at the Hackney Service Centre or Hackney Town Hall.  

What happens next?

Feedback received from the consultation will inform the final Public Health funerals Policy.  

Further information:

For more information or if you have any questions about this consultation, please contact:

Tel: 020 8356 3000 or email consultation@hackney.gov.uk