Pauper's funerals soar as government refuses to pay

Sarah Coles
Funeral dress researsal
Funeral dress researsal

As the country gears up for a lavish funeral for Margaret Thatcher, it must be a particularly difficult sight for the thousands of people who have had to bury their relatives in a pauper's funeral. The number of pauper's funerals has increased dramatically, as the government refuses half of all requests to fund a proper funeral.

So why won't the government pay?