Public health funerals

When a person dies without funeral preparations in place and with no-one to make arrangements, the council will arrange burial or cremation. 

The council has a duty to do this under section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and such cases are often referred to as 'public health funerals'.

The funeral costs are met by the council and are usually recovered from any assets (money or property) left by the deceased person. 

If there are assets remaining after the cost of burial and payment of any debts, these will pass to any people or organisations (beneficiaries) named in a will.

If the deceased person did not make a will, the rules of intestacy will be followed.

If no beneficiaries can be found and the value of the estate after paying any debts is more than £500, it will pass to the Crown.

The Government Legal Service Bona Vacantia section will try to trace relatives.

A list of unclaimed estates is available on the Government Legal Service website. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Public health funerals in Newport

The council publishes details of public health funerals excluding those held in the last 12 months.

This allows time for property to be protected and for the Government Legal Service to do their work.

Disclosing this information earlier would prejudice this work and put the property at risk of theft and damage.

Because of this it is exempt from disclosure under section 31 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Download Newport public health funeral data (April 2023) (Excel)

Please note we aim to update the list every 12 months.  The date shown on the link is the date the list was last checked not the date of the last funeral on list.


Please contact Newport City Council and ask for the cemetery superintendant. 

Find information about cemeteries in Newport

Visit the Gwent Crematorium website