The Competition and Markets Authority, which has raised concerns about inflation-busting prices and a lack of transparency, especially among larger funeral and crematorium operator, has commenced an inquiry into the sector.

 The costs of a funeral have increased by 6% each year for the past 14 years, twice the rate of inflation. As a result, says The Guardian, direct cremations – a no-frills option with no ceremony and no mourners present, where the body is collected, cremated and the ashes are returned afterwards – “are becoming more popular”.

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