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Price hike repays cremation fees

Jersey crematorium
Jersey has one crematorium, at Westmount in St Helier

The cost of cremations in Jersey is to rise by 69% in 2010, following approval by the treasury minister.

The move will see cremation costs rise from £317 to £535 at the Westmount Crematorium, St Helier.

It follows a request by the health department, which said cremation charges had been below the actual cost of the service for several years.

The department said the increase would recoup the losses, without putting costs above those of a burial.

Charges had been due to increase by 10% a year, but this had not included some overheads and depreciation, which the health department said it needed to account for quickly.

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