PAUPERS’ funerals cost the former Dorset County Council thousands of pounds last year.

Public health funerals – commonly known as paupers’ funerals – are arranged by councils when someone dies and has no traceable family, or when no-one is able or willing to organise and pay for a service.

Dorset County Council spent £5,342 on 14 public health funerals in 2018-19, according to information obtained by the firm.

It means the average cost was £382 – well below the national average of £1,507.

In total, the 383 councils across the UK that responded spent £6.3 million on more than 4,000 funerals over the period.