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Prices for burial in Belfast on rise, but still UK's cheapest

By Vicky Shaw

The typical cost of being buried in Belfast is growing - but is still about half the price of the UK average, according to new figures.

The average UK burial plot costs nearly £2,000 - but the price can vary by more than £1,000 across the country, according to research obtained from councils across major UK cities.

A study by Post Office Money Funeral Planning found the typical cost of a burial plot was found to be £1,841 across the UK.

But looking at how the costs can vary, it said a burial plot in Birmingham would cost around £2,815, while one in Belfast would cost around £980.

Figures from Belfast City Council also revealed burial is about three times cheaper for local ratepayers than people from outside the borough - and costs are creeping up.

A 'Type A' - full grave - burial at Roselawn Cemetery costs £570 for Belfast residents, but is £1,795 for those outside the new council area.

Despite being the best value in the UK, the cost of burial plots has risen in Belfast in recent years.

It cost a Belfast resident £540 for a burial in 2013-14, and £515 the year before.

During the same period, people living outside the city saw the cost jumping by £81 from £1,605 to £1,706 for a burial - and it's now about £90 more.

And a 'Type B' grave - which is suitable for two burials or for cremated remains - costs £275 for people in Belfast's council area or £870 it you live outside.

When they are available, Type C graves for cremated remains only are £165 for Belfast ratepayers, or £520 for others.

In 2012-13 for non-Belfast residents it cost £480 to be cremated at Roselawn, but this rose to £530 in April 2013. It is now £595.

For Belfast ratepayers, the cost of cremation has jumped from £300 in April to £360 now.

Nick Kennett, director of financial services at Post Office Money, said: "The cost of burial sites is likely to continue to rise as time goes on and the cost of land itself increases."

Meanwhile, a survey of more than 2,000 people for Post Office Money Funeral Planning found that one in four hope their final resting place will be somewhere with a specific meaning to them, while a further 27% of people said location did not matter.

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