Friday, 18 August 2017

Burial charges to rise 3 per cent

BURIAL charges in Henley are set to rise by about three per cent next year.

BURIAL charges in Henley are set to rise by about three per cent next year.

The rise in fees at Fair Mile cemetery was agreed unanimously by the town council’s recreation and amenities committee but must be ratified by the full council.

From January, the cost of a burial will increase from £215 to £220 while maintenance fees will increase by £10 to £280. There is still no charge for children under the age of 12. The estimated income will be about £40,000.

In a report to the committee, Liz Jones, the council’s accountant, said: “In January 2012 the basic fee structure remained intact with five per cent increases approved, with further increases of around 2.5 per cent from January 2013.

“The fees and structure are comparable to those at other local cemeteries. Trebling of the charges for non-Henley residents is standard since residents effectively already contribute to cemetery costs when paying the town council’s part of the overall council tax charge.”

Mrs Jones said income from the cemetery had fallen in the three years to 2012/13 but was currently up on the equivalent periods in the previous two years. The budget for repairs and maintenance has been double to £3,000 to include the cost of new signage.

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