Most expensive place to die in UK revealed as funeral costs rise by third

The most expensive place to die in the UK has been named as WATFORD where funeral directors are charging an astonishing 37% more than the rest of the country.

Funeral costs in the town are at an average of £5,814 – nudging London into second place at £5,749, with Redhill in third at £5,352.

The average UK funeral is now £4,241 compared to £3,190 in 2016 – seeing a 33% rise in only two years, according to data from comparison website Beyond.

The spike is reportedly down to a price hike among big chains, many of which have raised their fees by more than £500 in two years.

For their services alone, you will pay an average of £3,573, and this is before you add in the cost of the cremation or burial.


Meanwhile, independent funeral directors, who represent roughly a third of the market, have actually been found to have dropped their fees over the past 12 months.

Funerals in Guildford, Liverpool and Brighton are all more than £5,000 on average, as they are in Newport, which is comfortably the most expensive place in Wales at £5,149 and the sixth priciest in the UK overall.

By contrast, Cardiff ranks 75th at an average cost of £3,812.

Meanwhile in Scotland, Aberdeen ranks as costliest, with an average funeral in the Granite City being £4,942 – the next priciest Scottish cities are Perth (£4,586, 25th), Inverness (£4,495, 32nd) and Motherwell (£4,245, 53rd).

James Dunn, co-founder of Beyond, said: “It looks like a football league but this is one table you don’t want to be topping.

“A lack of transparency in the funeral market is what’s fuelling price rises, particularly among the big chains.

“Death means big business, with half a million Brits dying every year, but a disinclination to shop around is resulting in mourners, who are often vulnerable, paying over the odds.”

The UK’s top ten most expensive places to die:

Rank

Town

Overall average funeral cost

1

Watford

£5,814

2

London

£5,749

3

Redhill

£5,352

4

Guildford

£5,317

5

Liverpool

£5,157

6

Newport

£5,149

7

Brighton

£5,013

8

Halifax

£4,976

9

Salisbury

£4,959

10

Aberdeen

£4,942

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