- Free Workshop, Friday 29th June, 09.00 -13.00, Hammersmith
- Pesticide Action
Network UK (PAN UK), is holding a free practical workshop for London Councillors and Council Officers exploring how to end pesticide use and switch to safe and sustainable alternatives. Further information and bookings here.
- Government Response to Consultation on the Introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales
- The Government has published its response to consultation carried out in 2016 on the introduction of Medical Examiners and reforms to death certification in England and Wales. A ministerial statement on the response can be downloaded here. A full copy of the response can be downloaded here.
- Launch of enquiry into the cost of funerals
- The Competition and Markets Authority (formerly the Office of Fair Trading, is launching a review into the %uFFFD2 billion funerals market to ensure that people are not getting a bad deal. The review will include the rising level of cremation fees, in both the private and public sector. Further information, including an opportunity to comment on the Statement of Scope, can be found here.
- Cemetery of the Year Awards 2018
- The Memorial Awareness Board has re-launched the popular Cemetery of the Year Awards for 2018.
- The awards are an excellent opportunity to reward hard-working staff and demonstrate the central role cemeteries/churchyards can play in the community as places of peaceful contemplation and beauty.
- The competition is free to enter and the on-line entry form makes it very easy to take part.
- The Awards will be presented at the ICCM Learning Convention and Exhibition at the Oxford Belfry Hotel on Tuesday 2nd October.
- Further information about the Cemetery of the Year Awards can be found here.
- New Training Courses
- In association with Heartled Wellbeing, the ICCM has developed a range of training courses designed to help bereavement services professionals with responsibility for others to develop their supervisory and management skills. Further details of the courses can be found on the Training page on this website. The next course in this suite of new courses is Crucial Conversations (Managing Difficult People), which is being held at the ICCM National Office at the City of London Cemetery on Thursday 7th June. Further details and a booking form can be downloaded here.
- Children's Funeral Fund for England
- The Prime Minister has announced that a Funeral Fund for grieving parents will be established to pay for burial and cremation costs. Details of the announcement can be found here -
Children's Funeral Fund Announcement
- The press article indicates that local authorities will waive fees for burials and cremations for children under the age of 18, with central government funding them instead. At this stage there is no further information about how the scheme will operate, or whether it will also apply to private sector burial and cremation providers.
- The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017
- The Cremation (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into force on 6th April 2018.
- Copies of the new application forms listed in the regulations can be downloaded here:
- Form 1
- Form 2
- Form 3
- Copies of the forms and guidance in Welsh can be downloaded here
- Death Certification
- The National Panel for Registration have written to local authorities advising them to pause in their preparations for the new Medical Examiner system that the Department of Health and Social Care are planning to introduce in April 2019. The text of the message to local authorities from the National Panel for Registration is available here.
- General Data Protection Regulations - Following a number of queries - Charles Ward - ICCM's solicitor would invite members to review the following link for information on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation and how it affects your services - https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/resources-and-support/data-protection-self-assessment-toolkit/
- Previous Latest News Items
- BRAMM Newsletter - Download the Autumn 2017 newsletter here. A series of FREE seminars is being arranged across the UK for 2018. Date and venues to follow.
- Royal London Cost of Funerals Report 2017 - Download the report here.
- Municipal Funeral Services.
In view of interest received from members on creating a municipal funeral service the Institute has produced an Example Tender and Specification and Example Letter.
- Learning Convention and Exhibition 2017 - This years papers can be downloaded from the
- Convention page.
- Coffin Accreditation Schemes
- Incident Report Form
- Legal Opinion
- Baby and Infant Cremation Accreditation Scheme.
A scheme for verifying procedure and certificating technicians in this the most sensitive area of our work.
Full details of the scheme are available here.
- Funeral Cost Plan SCOTLAND - The Scottish Government has issued its 10 point plan designed to alleviate funeral poverty.
Download the plan here.
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