New owners of Burntwood cemetery warn burial costs are becoming a “stealth tax on dying”

The new owners of a Burntwood cemetery have said burial costs are becoming “a stealth tax on dying”.

The Chase & District Memorial Park off the A5195 Burntwood Bypass has been bought by Aspire Memoria from the Springhill Cemetery Group.

The Chase & District Memorial Park

The Chase & District Memorial Park

Business partners John Connell and Surekha Couhan say they hope the site will offer an alternative as burial space becomes limited in existing graveyards.

“The cost of a burial plot is usually the largest proportion of the funeral fees,” said Surekha. “These have been going up every year since 1975, but with no Government mandated cap in sight, it’s effectively a stealth tax on dying.”

Although cremation is still more popular than burial, demand for plots is still high – a move which led to the creation of the new cemetery.

John added: “There has been virtually no choice for families but fast diminishing space means the private sector must now provide land that’s going to be needed.”

“Some local authorities charge premiums for non-residents but at Chase & District Memorial Park, we have no such restrictions. As well as a universal cost structure, it is a multi-faith site with respectful, dedicated sections for all denominations.”

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