Halton Borough Council has launched its Halton Residents’ Funeral, the package that enables residents to have a funeral for a fixed cost, much lower than the national average, this week.

The project, which has got media coverage on the BBC and ITV and created quite a buzz online, hopes to  help ease the financial pain following a bereavement.

The Halton Residents’ Funeral is a dignified and reasonable cost funeral package that is indistinguishable from any other.

Any person who is a resident of Halton is able to purchase a Halton Residents’ Funeral either at the point of need or in advance. A cremation funeral purchased at the time of need costs only £1,989.

For those who already have a family plot burial prices start at £1,870.

Recent figures show that a typical funeral costs on average £4,078. This cost can vary quite a bit, depending on location and the funeral arrangements.

The Halton Residents’ Funeral is  organised by Houghton’s Funeral Directors, which has been appointed to the task following a full tender process.

Company Director Rob Houghton, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Halton Borough Council to be its partner in this venture and we look forward to serving the people of Halton”.

The Halton Residents’ Funeral is like any other and includes:

*Collection of the deceased (within 25 miles)
*Dressing of the deceased. A viewing of deceased at Houghtons Chapel of Rest (during office hours)
*Provision of a coffin with handles and an engraved nameplate.
*The funeral directors professional fees for making all necessary arrangements for the funeral service including provision of all appropriate *Staff and facilities to ensure that the funeral service proceeds with dignity.
*Transportation of the deceased in a hearse from the funeral home to the funeral service and one following limousine.
*A funeral service of 30 minutes in Widnes Crematorium chapel or a graveside ceremony at Runcorn Cemetery. *
*Cremation at Widnes Crematorium or burial at Runcorn, Widnes or Halton (in an existing family plot

Halton Borough Council’s Leader Cllr Rob Polhill , said: “We  in Halton believe that access to a dignified funeral, without getting into large debt, is a basic human right.

“These days Many people end up with expensive credit card or payday loan debts, or need to borrow from friends or apply to charities to pay for the funeral. We are really pleased to have found a partner in Houghtons who is as committed to this as we are”

If you are interested in a Halton Residents’ Funeral contact:

Houghtons Funeral Directors
2 Frederick Street
0151 345 6726