Child Burial Fees Will No Longer Apply in Wales

A Wales-wide agreement has been reached to scrap burial and cremation fees for children.

The Welsh Labour Government has signed an understanding with local government to stop charging for the burial of children and Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the announcement.

She said: “It is difficult to comprehend how grieving families must feel when they lose a child.  In tragic circumstances, this step by the Welsh Labour Government offers a degree of support and will help take away unnecessary stress.”

To help ensure the agreement is met, up to £1.5m has been made available to local authorities and other providers of cemeteries and crematoriums in Wales.

The change comes into force with immediate effect, with the Welsh Government urging councils to ratify the agreement as soon as possible.

According to the latest figures, 379 children under the age of 19 died in Wales in 2015.