Public Health Funerals

The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on Harlow Council for registering the death and arranging the funeral of any person who has died within the district of Harlow in cases where there are no known relatives or friends able to make the necessary arrangements.

The Council, along with many other local authorities, has been experiencing a huge rise in Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from companies offering to trace the next of kin of persons being cremated/buried under the Public Health Act 1948. In response to the volume of FOI requests on this subject the Council is making public all cases it deals with and whether or not any have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor. In this way the Council has fulfilled its obligation under section 22 of the FOI Act (future publication) and will from this point forward refuse all such requests and refer applicants to this web page.

List of Public Health Funerals

Name Date of Birth Date of death Date of Funeral Next of Kin located Referred to the Treasury Solicitor

Aubrey Decross-Gonzalez

10/07/1938

06/01/2015

29/01/2015 Yes No

Paul Stifman

20/02/1949

08/02/2015

11/03/2015 Yes No

Joyce Reeve

01/10/1926

10/02/2015

23/03/2015 Yes No

Nicholas Long

31/01/1954

04/02/2015

09/03/2015 Yes No

John Martin

27/04/1946

14/02/2015

25/03/2015 Yes No

Colin Williams

14/03/1937

26/02/2015

20/03/2015 No No

Frederick Woodcock

04/01/1931

17/01/2015

18/02/2015 Yes No

Leonard Walker

28/05/1950

29/01/2015

02/03/2015 Yes No

Robert Haymer

07/03/1938

02/02/2015

16/03/2015 No Yes

Rosemarie Ireland

01/09/1940

04/03/2015

01/05/2015 Yes No

Charles Morris

13/06/1928

30/03/2015

11/05/2015 Yes No

Michelle Ashley

24/12/1949

10/04/2015

12/05/2015 Yes No

Thomas Roberts

08/07/1935

09/04/2015

19/05/2015 Yes No

Joyce Pritchard

29/11/1928

27/04/2015

29/05/2015 Yes No

Sharon Fitzgibbon

09/08/1966

17/05/2015

09/06/2015 Yes No

May Gaskell

09/05/1935

13/05/2015

17/06/2015 Yes No

George Crump

26/04/1947

12/06/2015

21/07/2015 Yes No

Harriet Curtis

01/09/1926

30/06/2015

23/07/2015 Yes No
Kenneth Henry Miller 20/06/1939 07/08/2015 01/09/2015 Yes No
Terrence Heal 07/01/1940 18/08/2015 02/10/2015 Yes No
Adam Peter Howes 03/09/1968 10/12/2015 13/01/2015 No No
Kim Armani 19/09/1964 26/11/2015 18/01/2016 Yes No
John Bull 10/10/1944 06/12/2015 19/01/2016 Yes No
Norman Leonard Gordon Benson 16/05/1958 20/12/2015 26/01/2016 Yes No
John Anderson 26/11/1950 23/01/2016 07/03/2016 Yes No
Andrew Steven George 08/12/1970 29/01/2016 09/03/2016 Yes No
Norman Benson 19/09/1932 02/03/2016 21/03/2016 Yes No
Timothy Judge 23/01/1954 23/02/2016 29/03/2016 Yes No
John Raymond Palmer 28/09/1933 09/03/2016 24/04/2016 Yes No
Janice Mary Greengrass 22/08/1953 19/05/2016 20/06/2016 No No
June Mattsea 29/05/1931 14/08/2016 06/09/2016 No No
Florence Patricia Jones 16/08/1923 27/02/2016 21/09/2016 Yes No
Archibald Gordon Caulfield 08/02/1954 02/09/2016 04/11/2016 Yes No
John William Fewing 03/08/1956 26/10/2016 21/11/2016 No Yes
Ernest Victor Pounder 20/11/1944 01/11/2016 19/12/2016 Yes No
Christopher Falconer 06/09/1967 20/11/2016 28/12/2016 Yes No
Victor Chivers 11/12/1939 07/11/2016 02/12/2016 Yes No
Denise Mary Dunne 25/08/1941 09/12/2016 18/01/2017 Yes No
Juri Tatarintseva 19/10/1980 27/01/2017 20/02/2017 Yes No
William Duguid 08/05/1951 13/01/2015 17/02/2017 No No
Kirk Lagdon 26/12/1962 25/05/2017 31/07/2017 Yes No
Martin Mears 20/08/1947 30/08/2017 06/10/2017 No No
Michael Brewster 10/03/1948 02/10/2017 06/11/2017 No Yes
Paul Groom 15/04/1953 06/10/2017 07/10/2017 No Yes
June Parker 18/06/1944 3/11/2017 06/12/2017 No No
Nicholas Rolfe 18/08/1962 10/11/2017 13/12/2017 No No

Information Act 2000 names and addresses have been redacted or withheld under the following two exemptions:

Section 21 – Information accessible to applicant by other means

Although I can confirm that Harlow District Council (HDC) holds some of the information requested, HDC does not accept that it holds the information in its own right, but on behalf of the Treasury Solicitors' department. Some details of the estate of those persons who have died have been passed onto the Government Legal Department (formerly the Treasury Solicitors' Department) can be accessed via the Legal Government Department website or at the Bona Vacantia website.

Section 31(1)(a) - law enforcement (prevention and detection of crime)

Harlow District Council will not disclose address details into the public domain where they relate to deceased’s empty properties as the property is likely to be unoccupied and might still contain the deceased's personal papers and effects. The Council does not believe it to be in the public interest to disclose information relating to empty properties prior to a full and thorough securing of the assets of the estate as undertaken by Treasury Solicitors. Additionally, giving out the names of the deceased taken with other information easily available i.e. the electoral roll, telephone directory entry, 192.com etc would make identifying properties fairly easy.

Estate administration

At no time will any money or property be given by the Council to any family member or friend unless legally directed to do so by the proper authority. The Council is entitled to recover its costs as detailed in the Public Health Act Funeral Policy, but it does not administer the deceased’s estate. Once funeral costs have been recovered, if there is an estate surplus of more than £500 then the matter will be passed to the Treasury Solicitor under Bona Vacantia. However, where there are known family members the case cannot be referred. In those instances the Council will hold the money until somebody comes forward with letters of administration from the court.