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Research highlights need to improve end of life care in the community

A national survey of GPs has identified a number of barriers to good end of life care in the community, while a local study has implications for the design of out-of-hours services.


Funeral directors challenged to put prices on websites

Today the Fair Funerals campaign challenges the funeral industry to be open and transparent about their prices, calling on them to make prices available online.

Their new enhanced ‘Fair Funerals pledge’ responds to the fact that most funeral directors do not put their prices on their websites. Research found that of 300 funeral director branches from across the UK, 93% did not have any prices online.

In light of this, Fair Funerals today announce that Co-op Funeralcare, the UK’s leading  funeral provider, are the first funeral director to sign up to this newpledge improving the way prices are displayed on their website.

Check here to see which funeral directors in your area have signed the pledge.

Help push the pledge
Does your local funeral director have prices on their website? If not, call them and ask them why. Funeral directors care what people in their community think, so some positive encouragement can make all the difference!


Chief social workers: Closer link with government will benefit profession

Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler explain why they feel bringing social work regulation closer to government is the right mode.


NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults

The title of the new guideline will be changed to “End of life care: Delivery of adult services for people in the last year of life” and the final scope is now available. The equality impact assessment for this NICE guideline has also now been published along with all of the stakeholder comments that were received during the consultation, and the developer responses to these comments.



Five things social workers need to know about the Children and Social Work Bill

The government’ s new legislation promises an overhaul of social work. What does it mean for frontline staff?


QSA statement on government response to Select Committee

The government issued their response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on 22 June.

An initial response has been given on the same day on behalf of QSA but not yet for Alliance. On behalf of Alliance we are suggesting we write a letter to Baroness Altmann, articulating key points and asking for greater clarity on some of the areas which are very vague. 

Here is a link to our updated statement:

Childhood Bereavement Network statement relating to bereavement benefits is here.



Funeral Poverty Alliance now has its own dedicated page on new Fair Funerals website

The Funeral Poverty Alliance now has its own dedicated page on the new Fair Funerals website.


DWP response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report into funeral poverty expected imminently

DWP are expected to respond to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report into funeral poverty later this week/ next week.