NMD Council votes to revoke child burial costs

May 14, 2018

 Newry Mourne and Down District Council has joined the increasing number of local government authorities to abolish burial costs for children.

Councillors voted unanimously on a Motion to waive the fees associated with the opening of graves for child burials at all council-owned cemeteries.  It is expected the proposal will be adopted in full and the necessary legislation devised following consideration by the Council’s Regulatory and Technical Services Committee, which is examining all relevant issues relating to the Motion.

The move comes after similar motions were passed in other council areas across the north, having been initiated by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Council.  

The original proposal was brought by ABC Council’s Ulster Unionist councillor Julie Flaherty, who lost her two-year-old son Jake in 2015. And last month ABC Council agreed unanimously in favour of waiving its part of the burial fee for grieving parents in the district who have lost a child and will now cover the £52 cost of opening a grave at all council-owned cemeteries.