Rsing fees and service cuts prompt shift from local authority venues

A sharp rise in cremation fees has attracted a new wave of private companies into the British market that are keen to win business from council-run services hit by local government cuts.

A new report, Death, Dying and Devolution, by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research, suggests that the sector is undergoing a period of expansion that has not been experienced for decades, as private-sector companies, such as Dignity, which is floated on the stock market, and the Westerleigh Group, which is owned by a Canadian pension fund, seek to fill the gaps in provision left by the public sector.

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