Children and Young Persons Burials

A Cabinet decision was made in April 2018 where the Council agreed that there would be no charge for any direct fees in relation to the standard burial of a child, or interment of cremated remains of a child in one of the Council Cemeteries.

The definition of a child for this purpose is up to and including 18 years of age.

This would include the fees for the burial or cremated remains plot, the digging of the grave of plot, the deed of exclusive rights of burial where required, and the fees in relation to permission to erect a memorial only.

The commitment from the Council does not relate to wider funeral costs such as (non-exhaustively) the cost of the memorial, coffin, funeral director fees etc.

Please always seek advice from the cemeteries team during the course of making arrangements to avoid any uncertainty, email

Government announcement

In July 2019 the Government announced that bereaved parents will no longer have to pay the cost of their child’s burial or cremation and opened the Children's Funeral Fund for England. The fund covers the costs of burials, cremations and caskets.

Please seek advice from your funeral director or the cemeteries team if further information is required, email

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024