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Public Health Funerals in Weymouth and Portland

We are frequently asked for information about public health funerals, people who have died with no known next of kin, bona vacantia estates and estates which have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor, or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall.  In response to these requests, for the previous twelve months, we are releasing the following information about public health funerals.

Information relating to public health funerals will be updated on a monthly basis as cases are completed.

Public Health Funerals in Weymouth and Portland.
Month of death Location of home at time of deathNext of Kin Referred to Treasury Solicitor
March 2018 None Yes No
February 2018 Weymouth Yes No
December 2017 Weymouth Yes No
October 2017 Weymouth Yes No
August 2017 Portland Yes No

We apply the following exemptions to the release of any further information about public health funerals, people who have died with no known next of kin, bona vacantia estates and estates which have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor, or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall:

Section 21 - Information Reasonably Accessible to the Applicant by Another Means

Our reason for applying this exemption is that details of all deaths within the District are registered. Deaths can be registered at any Registry Office. Information that the council holds on estates passed, or estates to be passed, to the Treasury Solicitor, is considered to be held on behalf of the Treasury Solicitor's Department. Some details of the estate of those persons who have died and which have been passed to the Treasury Solicitor can be accessed via the Treasury Solicitor's websiteor via the bona vacantia website

Section 31 - Law Enforcement

Revealing details of the assets of an estate before the Treasury Solicitor has undertaken their own enquiries would provide an opportunity for criminal acts to be committed (for example, theft or fraud).

Similarly, there would be concerns about making the last known address of the deceased public, as the property is likely to be unoccupied and might still contain the deceased's personal papers and effects. There is also a continuing risk after the estate has been secured of, for example, identity theft. Taking into account the above issues, the council considers that there is no over-riding public interest in releasing the information requested. Any public interest would be best served by upholding the exemption under Section 31 of the Act as disclosure of the information would be likely to prejudice the prevention of crime by enabling or encouraging the commission of offences.

FOI and Data Protection at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Email: foiwpbc@dorset.gov.uk
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