Funeral Industry News
Register Now To Receive Latest COVID-19 Updates – For All Funeral Directors, Burial Authorities, Cremation Authorities And Any Other Interested Parties
3rd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
In the future, it will be our responsibility to register the business/organisation details of every member of Scotland’s funeral industry. For now, we just want our COVID-19 communications to reach as many funeral industry members as possible, in particular the unaffiliated businesses. Please register your business/organisation details here: http://eepurl.com/gQxqsn We have, today (Friday, 3 April),...
18th May 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for all of us, and we recognise that funeral directors and cremation authorities continue to face increased pressure at this time. We, therefore, consider that the changes to cremation procedures that came into effect on 8 April, under the UK Coronavirus Act 2020, should continue to apply at...
11th May 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS), which is run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, checks on the accuracy of a sample of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs); also referred to as Form 11. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the review service was temporarily suspended by Scottish Ministers from 26 March on a temporary basis....
7th May 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG), which consists of representative bodies from across the funeral industry, has issued a short guidance note that echos the Scottish Government’s position on appropriate usage of body bags when handling COVID-19 confirmed infected, or suspected, deceased. Please view this via their website here.
28th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Social Security Scotland has outlined below what it is doing to try and ease the pressure for funeral directors during the coronavirus pandemic. Relaxing eligibility timescales Funeral Support Payment continues to only be available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, who had the nearest relationship to the deceased, and...
26th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Access to COVID-19 testing in Scotland has been widened and that includes to funeral industry workers, if showing symptoms of COVID-19. Please see this publication from 25 April: Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for key workers in Scotland. It sets out how tests are available. We won’t include details in this post, as the publication states it...
22nd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
On 1 April our blog post advised that National Records of Scotland (NRS), working with local authorities, have now moved to a remote registration model during the current national emergency. Additionally, local authorities have now, where possible, moved to offering a 7-day registration service. As the configuration of services is a matter for each local...
16th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The Scottish Government is going to great lengths to support businesses and is offering a package of support worth £2.3 billion for businesses, which will commit in full all the consequentials we have received from the UK Government for business support measures. Every penny the Scottish Government receives from the UK Government for this purpose...
14th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
SEPA has announced the steps they are taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read their media release at the link: https://media.sepa.org.uk/media-releases/2020/sepa-supports-scottish-business-adapt-to-public-health-emergency.aspx Bookmark their media announcements page to stay aware of new guidance or regulatory changes SEPA may release.
Scottish Funeral Industry Guidance Available Now For Funeral Directors, Burial and Cremation Authorities, and Funeral Services
13th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
We have created three guidance documents relevant to the funeral industry. These are available at the links below. The guidance documents are: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for funeral directors (This guidance is for funeral directors to help manage their services during the current pandemic.) Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for burial and cremation authorities (This guidance is for...
8th April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
These Regulations set out temporary restrictions on the opening to the public of crematoriums and also restrictions around funeral services. The Scottish Government will notify you when these restrictions are lifted. Closure of crematoriums to the public The Regulations require crematoriums to close to members of the public. The exception of this closure to members...