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National assistance burials and cremations

When a person dies and no-one else is able to organise the funeral, the council has a duty, under the Burials and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016, to arrange a burial or cremation of the remains.

If we are contacted to arrange a funeral (for whatever reason), we are required to:

  • search the person’s last abode for valuables, family contacts, banking documents and wills;
  • arrange the funeral which will only include a casket, basic funeral, flowers and;
  • reclaim our costs from the estate

The funeral will be a cremation unless it is believed that the deceased would have wanted a burial. The burial will be in an unmarked communal grave.

You can download listings of all assisted funerals carried out by Fife Council under the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 and previously under the National Assistance Act 1948 from the publications section below (this information is updated monthly).

If you need to contact us, please use the details below:

Duty Officer

Tel: 03451 55 55 50