The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on Harlow District 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 has created this page to make 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|
|Kenneth Henry Miller||20/06/1939||07/08/2015||01/09/2015||Yes||No|
|Adam Peter Howes||03/09/1968||10/12/2015||13/01/2015||No||No|
|Norman Leonard Gordon Benson||16/05/1958||20/12/2015||26/01/2016||Yes||No|
|Andrew Steven George||08/12/1970||29/01/2016||09/03/2016||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|
|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|
|Denise Mary Dunne||25/08/1941||09/12/2016||18/01/2017||Yes||No|
|Katherine Clare Darvill||14/08/1955||14/09/2017||25/09/2017||No||Yes|
|Hamid Farahi Alamdari||21/03/1962||01/03/2018||04/05/2018||Yes||No|
|Gilbert Nevin McNeilly||28/04/1939||02/03/2018||10/05/2018||Yes||No|
|Kenneth John Green||13/10/1943||11/05/2018||15/06/2018||No||Yes|
|Justine Romana Finch||11/09/1925||13/05/2018||18/06/2018||No||Yes|
|Martin Eric Primett||09/09/1952||02/05/2018||20/06/2018||No||No|
|Keith Robert Stephens||14/09/1944||11/07/2018||16/08/2018||Yes||No|
|Geoffrey William Packham||20/01/1950||15/10/2018||21/11/2018||No||Yes|
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 and can be accessed via the Government Legal 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, would make identifying properties fairly easy.
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.