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Treasury Solicitor

all organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time.

Treasury Solicitor

In some instances the council is required to arrange the funerals of persons where no relatives can be found or no-one is willing to arrange the funeral.

Where the estate of the deceased is worth more than £500, the Treasury Solicitor will take responsibility for winding up the estate.

Recently we have received an increased number of  Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for public funeral information. To meet demand, the council have created this web resource to make available a list of public funerals and other information frequently requested by will hunters and researchers.

By doing this the council has fulfilled its obligation under section 19 (publication scheme), section 21 (publish information) and section 22 (future planned publication) of the FOI Act. From this point forward the council will refuse all FOI requests relating to this and applicants will be referred to this web page.

This will ensure all organisations working to trace next of kin are treated equally and have access to the same information at the same time. This change will also significantly reduce the burden to local tax payers of responding to large numbers of FOI requests to businesses & organisations.

The table below lists the instances in the county where the council has become involved. This page is updated regularly but an individuals information is not published until at least three months after their death.

 

Name
Date of birth
Date of death
Last known address
Date of funeral
Passed to treasury solicitor?
Helen Munro29.06.192122.04.2015Salisbury05.06.2015No
Christopher Henry Thomas26.01.194930.04.2015Urchfont04.06.2015No
Nigel Cullinan08.09.194702.05.2015Cricklade18.06.2015No
Neil Charles Trenson01.02.195012.06.2015Chippenham01.10.2015No
Jason Alexander Darling18.10.197006.07.2015Trowbridge12.10.2015No
Paul Eric Edwards25.01.195702.08.2015Melksham04.09.2015TBC
Christine Johnson30.09.194103.08.2015Trowbridge04.09.2015TBC
Joseph O'Shea01.01.193511.08.2015Trowbridge02.02.2016No
Herbert Frederick Joseph Piper19.08.192722.08.2015Salisbury16.09.2015No
Nigel Ray Magin15.07.195013.10.2015Devizes10.12.2015No
Sotirios Loannis Gkirniaris04.02.196230.10.2015Salisbury21.12.2015No
Gary Lewin Kenneth Tibbs30.11.197124.11.2015Westbury04.01.2016No
Elizabeth Ellen Wood16.01.194804.01.2016Amesbury11.02.2016TBC
Tim David Varley13.06.195804.01.2016Devizes20.01.2016No
Natascha Elizabeth Reeve02.10.197327.01.2016Chippenham07.03.2016No
Dorothy Jean Miller12.11.193508.02.2016Warminster13.04.2016No
David John Jefferies
03.05.1952
18.01.2016
Chippenham
29.01.2016
TBC
Eric Anthony Pardon
03.05.1952
18.01.2016
Devizes
09.03.2016
No
Andrew Paul Dean27.09.197618.02.2016Devizes15.04.2016No
Martin Charles Vivien Wicks11.03.196212.02.2016Trowbridge11.04.2016No
Ronald Ross06.06.192931.03.2016Salisbury26.04.2016Yes
Geoffrey Michael Nunn08.07.193905.04.2016Devizes18.05.2016Yes
Donna Louise Maidment04.08.196812.04.2016Salisbury24.05.2016No
Vera Maureen Brough17.10.194224.03.2016Calne20.05.2016No
Leslie Yoa Amoah04.07.195701.06.2016Melksham15.06.2016No
Axel Bonner17.11.194528.05.2016Durrington26.07.2016No
Peter Walker Pride15.02.193824.07.2016Marlborough12.09.2016No
Barbara Williams17.04.192428.09.2016Salisbury28.10.2016No
Gavin Robertson Douglas30.13.194401.11.2016Bradford on Avon09.01.2017Yes
Anthony Charles Oliver18.03.194221.12.2016Marlborough13.01.2017No
Wayne Horner02.02.197117.12.2016Durrington20.02.2017No
Philip James Twigg09.03.194814.01.2017Cricklade16.02.2017No
Shelia Mulford02.06.193418.02.2017Royal Wotton Bassett26.04.2017No
Eugeniusz Niedziolko17.02.197614.02.2017unknown17.05.2017No
William Painton13.11.195029.04.2017Salisbury26.06.2017No
Elizabeth Berlie25.01.193327.04.2017Amesbury12.06.2017No
Victor Humphries16.10.193507.04.2017Trowbridge24.05.2017TBC
Patricia Joyce Thomson08.10.195019.05.2017Swindon15.06.2017Yes

 

If you believe you may have an interest in the estate or for further information please contact the Treasury Solicitor on 020 7210 4700 or visit their website

Financial data

To enable the council to safeguard public health by providing funerals, the council is able to recover the cost of a funeral from the estate of the deceased. Most of the those who the council provides funerals for are often vulnerable or destitute individuals with no assets meaning in most cases no costs can be recovered.

Time period
Expenditure on funerals
Total recovered from estates
Total expenditure
2010-1113,955.567,227.656,727.91
2011-1217,164.231,154.9116,009.32
2012-1312,281.001962.7210,318.28
2013-1425,395.941,107.7924,288.15
2014-1512,464.051,134.3211,368.73
2015-1627,257.8119,359.967,897.85
2016-1725,310.0020,287.595,022.41

Public funerals requested

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

51311322825383132

Prior to the formation of Wiltshire as a unitary council in April 2009, public funerals were administered by the respective district councils. Each council maintained their own recording systems and procedures for public funerals meaning data prior to 2008-09 is not available.

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We use suppliers approved by the council's procurement team. Service procurement contracts are advertised on The South West Portal.

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Companies interested in becoming suppliers should register with The South West Portal.

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This would be covered as part of the procurement process. An invitation to quote or tender is published depending on the value of the contract (high value contracts are also advertised in the Official Journal of the European Community). For more information please view the Wiltshire Council Procurement Strategy.

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The council currently uses a consortium of 2 funeral directors who successfully bid for this work through our procurement process, for more information please view the Wiltshire Council Procurement Strategy.

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We do not use an external service to do this and there are no plans at current to do so.

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The member of the Environmental Control & Protection Team who covers the district the deceased person died in.

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The member of the Environmental Control & Protection Team who covers the district the deceased person died in.

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None

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Information regarding recent funerals conducted under the Public Health provisions are published in the table(s) above. All estates of a value of £500 or more are referred to the Treasury Solicitor in accordance with their guidance.

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Cases referred to the Treasury solicitor along with relevant information, where available are published and accessible on the Unclaimed Estates List.

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No

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Last updated: 8 September 2017 | Last reviewed: 8 September 2017