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Harlow Council publishes list of who has died with no known relatives or friends able to make necessary arrangements.

News / Thu 21st Dec 2017 am31 10:19am

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THE Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on Harlow Council for registering the death and arranging the funeral of any person who has died within the district of Harlow in cases where there are no known relatives or friends able to make the necessary arrangements.

The Council, along with many other local authorities, has been experiencing a huge rise in Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from companies offering to trace the next of kin of persons being cremated/buried under the Public Health Act 1948.

In response to the volume of FOI requests on this subject the Council is making public all cases it deals with and whether or not any have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor. In this way the Council has fulfilled its obligation under section 22 of the FOI Act (future publication) and will from this point forward refuse all such requests and refer applicants to this web page.

The list can be seen here.

http://www.harlow.gov.uk/public-health-funerals

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