New funeral fines for Worthing cause concern for Labour Council Candidates.
Worthing West council candidates have expressed their concerns with Worthing Borough Council fining Funeral Directors if services over run. According to the Worthing Herald, the £155 fine was reportedly discussed by the council in December but have only recently come to light.
Ian Walker, council candidate for Castle Ward, said –
It is said that the only certainties are death and taxation and our Conservative led council have managed to bring both of these together in one callous policy.
A funeral is the last offering a family can gift a loved one and our local undertakers make a difficult time as bearable as possible with their skill and compassion. To levy a fine against local undertakers for a funeral overrunning adds unnecessary pressure on them in performing their solemn duties and is an insult to grieving families, who want nothing more than the chance to say goodbye to a cherished relative.
One must now take this month’s Council Tax freeze announcement with a note of caution because if the Conservative led council are willing to create a Tax on Grief, what other back door charges are they planning to implement?
While Michelle Harfield, council candidate for Central Ward, said –
‘It makes me uneasy to think that mourners using the crematorium in Worthing may find themselves feeling under pressure to say their last goodbyes to avoid a fine. It flies in the face of the very compassion one would expect to find when conducting a funeral.
I would call on Clive Roberts and the rest of Worthing Borough Council to reconsider this policy as it ultimately harms the residents of Worthing and the surrounding areas at a time when they are most vulnerable.’