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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 Munro
29.06.1921
22.04.2015
Salisbury
05.06.2015
No
Christopher Henry Thomas
26.01.1949
30.04.2015
Urchfont
04.06.2015
No
Nigel Cullinan
08.09.1947
02.05.2015
Cricklade
18.06.2015
No
Neil Charles Trenson
01.02.1950
12.06.2015
Chippenham
01.10.2015
No
Jason Alexander Darling
18.10.1970
06.07.2015
Trowbridge
12.10.2015
No
Paul Eric Edwards
25.01.1957
02.08.2015
Melksham
04.09.2015
TBC
Christine Johnson
30.09.1941
03.08.2015
Trowbridge
04.09.2015
TBC
Joseph O'Shea
01.01.1935
11.08.2015
Trowbridge
02.02.2016
No
Herbert Frederick Joseph Piper
19.08.1927
22.08.2015
Salisbury
16.09.2015
No
Nigel Ray Magin
15.07.1950
13.10.2015
Devizes
10.12.2015
No
Sotirios Loannis Gkirniaris
04.02.1962
30.10.2015
Salisbury
21.12.2015
No
Gary Lewin Kenneth Tibbs
30.11.1971
24.11.2015
Westbury
04.01.2016
No
Elizabeth Ellen Wood
16.01.1948
04.01.2016
Amesbury
11.02.2016
TBC
Tim David Varley
13.06.1958
04.01.2016
Devizes
20.01.2016
No
Natascha Elizabeth Reeve
02.10.1973
27.01.2016
Chippenham
07.03.2016
No
Dorothy Jean Miller
12.11.1935
08.02.2016
Warminster
13.04.2016
No
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 Dean
27.09.1976
18.02.2016
Devizes
15.04.2016
No
Martin Charles Vivien Wicks
11.03.1962
12.02.2016
Trowbridge
11.04.2016
No
Ronald Ross
06.06.1929
31.03.2016
Salisbury
26.04.2016
Yes
Geoffrey Michael Nunn
08.07.1939
05.04.2016
Devizes
18.05.2016
Yes
Donna Louise Maidment
04.08.1968
12.04.2016
Salisbury
24.05.2016
No
Vera Maureen Brough
17.10.1942
24.03.2016
Calne
20.05.2016
No
Leslie Yoa Amoah
04.07.1957
01.06.2016
Melksham
15.06.2016
No
Axel Bonner
17.11.1945
28.05.2016
Durrington
26.07.2016
No

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
2010-11
13,955.56
7,227.65
6,727.91
2011-12
17,164.23
1,154.91
16,009.32
2012-13
12,281.00
1962.72
10,318.28
2013-14
25,395.94
1,107.79
24,288.15
2014-15
12,464.05
1,134.32
11,368.73

Public funerals requested

2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
5
13
11
32
28
25
38

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: 10 January 2017 | Last reviewed: 10 January 2017