District Councils’ Network responds to CMA funerals market investigation

The CMA is carrying out a market investigation into the supply of services by funeral directors at the point of need and the supply of crematoria services.

In our response, we stress that if the CMA decides to proceed with regulation of prices in the crematoria sector, then it is important that councils are not adversely affected. Local authority crematoria should be free to set prices as they see fit and should be exempt from any price controls.

Should a blanket exemption not be possible, we argue that councils should be able to make a fair return to allow for future investment in the facilities and infrastructure, as essential facilities.

Read our full response here: DCN response – CMA Funeral Markets v1.0

17 June 2020