18/04/2018

Motion Submitted To Waive Burial And Cremation Charges For Children

A motion has been submitted to Belfast City Council to waive charges and costs relating to the burial and cremation of children up to the age of 18.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Alderman Chris McGimpsey submitted the motion following the introduction of the Children's Funeral Fund in England by the Prime Minister.
News Image
He said: "You could not help but be moved by the words of my colleague Julie Flaherty from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Council in relation to the Children's Funeral Fund. Julie has endured the personal pain of loss of a child and if we as elected representatives can do anything to help parents at a time of intense grief, then we should do it. It's the right thing to do, we have the power to do it and we should get on with it.

"The Prime Minister has led the way in introducing the Children's Funeral Fund in England. Under the scheme, launched by the Prime Minister on the 1st April 2018, parents will no longer have to meet the costs of burials or cremations. Fees will be waived by all local authorities and met instead by government funding in England. In the absence of a Northern Ireland Executive, I believe we should do what we can at local government level."

(CD)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

03 July 2018
Prime Minister Accused Of 'Failing Women' In NI
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of "failing women" amid calls to gives MPs the opportunity to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws. Mrs May has faced increasing pressure in Westminster to intervene and take action on NI's restrictive abortion laws, which remain different to legislation across the rest of the UK.
19 October 2017
Former US President To Meet With Prime Minister
Former US President Bill Clinton is to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the current political crisis in Northern Ireland. Mr Clinton has already met with political leaders in Belfast, and he will hold talks with Mrs May in London today, 19 October.
18 April 2002
Dodds announces extra help for “most needy" in society
The Minister for Social Development, Nigel Dodds, has announced a further £1.73 million cash injection for the Northern Ireland Social fund. The increase brings the Social Fund, which helps the most needy people in society up to a total to £51 million for the next year.
21 June 2002
Voluntary and community sector receives £9m boost
New arrangements will make £9 million available to the voluntary and community sector for projects supporting children and young people. Support from the Children's Fund will enable the voluntary and community sector to apply for financial assistance for projects that will improve the life chances of vulnerable children and young people.
22 April 2002
New arrangements for Stormont’s children’s fund
Voluntary and community sectors will be allowed to bid directly for funding for projects that provide support for children and young people. The Northern Ireland Executive decided to allocate an additional £3 million to the Fund, and that £9 million out of the new total of £21.
10 May 2018
Mid And East Antrim Borough Council To Waive Burial Fees For Children
Another council in Northern Ireland is to waive burial fees for children. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council waived the fees after a motion was brought by UUP Councillor, Stephen Nicholl. A similar scheme is already in effect in England and Wales.
20 December 2001
Children’s rights are priority says Durkan
Deputy First Minister, Mark Durkan has promised to protect children’s rights, meet children’s needs and include children’s voices. Mr Durkan was speaking following a meeting with Mr Olara Otunnu, the United Nations Special Representative for Armed Conflict and Children.
09 October 2002
Sinn Fein seeks Dail motion objecting to assembly suspension
As the power-sharing assembly nears closer to direct rule, Sinn Fein has tabled a motion in the Irish parliament, the Dail, calling for all-party opposition to any move by the British government to suspend the Stormont assembly.
20 July 2018
PM Calls On EU To 'Evolve' Its Position On Brexit
The European Union must "evolve" its position on Brexit in relation to the Irish Border, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. She was speaking in Belfast on Friday, 20 July, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.
20 March 2002
Sight-impaired children complete cross-border project
Education minister Martin McGuinness has presented ten sight-impaired children involved in a cross-border project with personal computers.
18 June 2015
UUP Slams OFMdFM Over Unspent Childcare Funding
The UUP has hit out at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) after it was revealed that £8.6 million for childcare provision remains unspent. UUP Leader, Mike Nesbitt, dissevered that only £3.4 million had been spent during an evidence session on Wednesday.
19 February 2010
Hard-up PMS Savers In Focus
Savers in the failed Presbyterian Mutual Society (PMS) may soon be thrown a lifeline.
20 June 2013
Conference Announced To Promote Jobs In NI
First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have announced a major Investment Conference on 10 and 11 October 2013 to promote jobs and growth in Northern Ireland.
01 May 2013
UUP Call For A5 Money To Fund Children's Hospital
North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann has called for any unspent money from the defunct A5 project to be put towards a new children's hospital for Northern Ireland. Mr Swann said he has called on Health Minister Edwin Poots to argue the case at the Executive. Early in April a judge quashed a proposal to build the A5.
10 January 2007
Children's commissioner expresses concern over potential risk to children
The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley, is extremely worried at the potential risk to children if high risk sex offenders are returned to Northern Ireland after committing crimes abroad.