Funeral Industry News
10th July 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Staying safe and keeping others safe by wearing face coverings* has been made mandatory from today (10 July) in shops and retail settings, and in private hire vehicles. New guidance is available, with also dedicated guidance for retail settings. This requirement applies to funeral director businesses. Please read the guidance through in full and take...
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...
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.
3rd April 2020 by funeral-industry-news
[Please also see this post from a September 17 update] TEMPORARY CHANGE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT – APPLICATIONS FOR CREMATION We are aware that many funeral directors and cremation authorities are experiencing difficulties in obtaining signatures from those applying for cremation due to following NHS Inform advice on social distancing and self-isolation in response to...
26th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Update (31 March): Social distancing measures are for everyone, including businesses. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This remains important for the Critical National Infrastructure sector and those identified as Key Workers. Please familiarise yourself with this guidance if you run...
Temporary Changes To The Death Certification Review Service’s Administration Of Applications For Repatriation
13th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS) is temporarily changing the way that applications for repatriation are administered and will suspend the need to certify documents. It will still be necessary to obtain authorisation for repatriation from DCRS for these cases. Removing the requirement to certify these documents, means that DCRS will be able to process...
10th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
The latest figures and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is available here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ The information on this page is reviewed and updated at 2PM each day. Please check it regularly.
9th March 2020 by funeral-industry-news
Health Protection Scotland have released guidance that applies to those working in the funeral industry, including funeral directors and their staff. Sections of the guidance point to: Other already released guidance that most of those working in the industry will be aware of, but there is new information available on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements;...