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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Council to increase burial costs
The cost of burying a relative in north Derbyshire has risen by almost 50%.

Families will now have to pay almost 300 instead of nearly 200 to bury an adult in a council cemetery. Burying a child has also risen from 44 to 66.

The move has been criticised by some residents who say it could prevent relatives from holding the type of funeral they would choose.

But Derbyshire Dales District Council said the rise in charges would ease the burden on council taxpayers.

Environmental Services Manager Alan James said: "By putting up the charges, it is actually the council reducing the burden on the council taxpayer.

"That will reduce the subsidy to the service, which is actually 121,000 estimated for 2005-6," she said.

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