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Three people were given 'pauper' funerals in Fenland last year

Paupers’ funerals cost Fenland District Council thousands of pounds last year, new research shows - and paid double national average for each.

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.

But insurance company Royal London says a lack of minimum standards means some grieving relatives across the UK are being treated unfairly.

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