Public health funerals

Public health funerals are funerals in the United Kingdom paid for by the local authority, where the relatives are either unwilling or unable to pay, or where no relatives can be found.

Public health funerals in England and Wales are governed by the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Local authorities are obliged to arrange a funeral where no arrangements are being made or have been made. Local authorities are permitted to recover the costs of such funerals from the estate of the deceased under the Act.

In some circumstances where a person dies in hospital the relevant NHS trust may arrange a funeral for the deceased; however, ultimately the duty to arrange the funeral rests with the local authority.

 

Note to Northampton Borough Council and it’s ALMO Northampton Partnership Homes 

My current understanding is that in the period from 7th February 2016 to 3rd November 2017 a number of Northampton Partnership Homes tenants died and thirteen of the late tenants had public health funerals, the next of kin for all of them were traced, BUT it needed a tracing agent to find four of them?

Are you making the endeavours to capture such information as next of kin on your tenants (or are they now called customers) so that tracing agents were not needed?

Mr Norman Adams – August 2018 – Northampton

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Right to Buy – HELPING THE FEW NOT THE MANY

Right to Buy – HELPING THE FEW NOT THE MANY

Public Assets in excess of £64 million (market value) have been sold by Northampton Borough Council since 2012… helping the few (595) not the many (the  3,000 poor sods on the waiting list) why should the few get aprox 50% discount on the value?

 

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GOVERNMENT STARTS CONSULTATION TO DUMP HOUSING REPLACEMENT COMMITMENT

GOVERNMENT STARTS CONSULTATION TO DUMP HOUSING REPLACEMENT COMMITMENT

Scope of the consultation

1) Options for reforming the rules around the use of Right to Buy receipts

2) Reforming the replacement commitment

This is a case of we are NOT currently managing to replace homes sold so we would like to move the goal posts

Take Northampton for instance: Sales total 595 replacements 187

This consultation seeks views on options for reforming the rules governing the use of Right to Buy receipts from the sale of council housing, and whether we should reform the commitment that every additional home sold (as a result of the increase in discounts in 2012) is replaced on a one-for-one basis nationally.

Link to the consultation document Right_to_Buy_consultation

 

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Authorities MUST investigate homeless deaths

Authorities have been told they must investigate homeless deaths, as part of a new government Rough Sleeping Strategy.

The announcement comes just months after the Bureau revealed that homeless deaths are hardly ever reviewed in England and Wales, with, on average, just one official review a year being logged since 2010.

 

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/blog/2018-08-13/government-announces-homeless-deaths-must-be-investigated-following-reports-from-the-bureau-local-network

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Leave no stone unturned for the £32 million

Leave no stone unturned for the £32 million

Much has been made of the missing £10million football club stand money …

Housing campaigners would like to look under a few stones, and down the back of a few sofas to see how Northampton Borough Council fully account for the £32 million from the sales of council homes since 2012?

 

 

Norman Adams – August 2018 – Northampton

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Council Homes on average are going for £63k

The average price paid by tenants for a Northampton council property in 2017/18 was £63k

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Over 83% of the homes flogged off had two or more bedrooms

Over 83% of the 616 council homes flogged off since 2012 have had two or more bedrooms

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