Hidden funeral costs

Age UK East Riding is urging people to ask for a written quote upfront when buying funeral services to ensure they don’t get caught out by hidden charges.

With funeral costs on the rise in recent years, many people ask for a basic funeral quote in the hope that it will be the most cost-effective option. But to avoid any unpleasant surprises when the final bill arrives, it is essential to clarify what is included and which goods and services have to be paid for as extras before booking anything.

Gillian Banks, Trading Manager at Age UK East Riding said, “Before purchasing a funeral always ask for a written quote which outlines all the costs. Make sure that you clarify upfront exactly what is included in the price and that it covers all the services you require. A cheap offer at first sight can turn out rather more expensive if you have to pay extra for many additional items.

“Those who want to protect themselves against future price rises should consider a funeral plan.“