Why are burial costs so high in Norwich?

Earlham Cemetery, Norwich. Photo: Paul Bushell/iwitness24.co.uk

Earlham Cemetery, Norwich. Photo: Paul Bushell/iwitness24.co.uk - Credit: citizenside.com

The average burial plot costs nearly £2,000 - but the price can vary by more than £1,000 across the country, with a plot in Norwich costing an average of £2,452, according to research obtained from councils across major UK cities.

The average burial plot costs nearly £2,000 - but the price can vary by more than £1,000 across the country, with a plot in Norwich costing an average of £2,452, according to research obtained from councils across major UK cities.

The typical cost of a burial plot was found to be £1,841 across the UK, the study by Post Office Money Funeral Planning found.

But looking at how the costs can vary, it said that a burial plot in Birmingham would cost around £2,815 for example, while one in Belfast would cost around £980.

Meanwhile, a survey of more than 2,000 people for Post Office Money Funeral Planning found that one in four (24%) hope their final resting place will be somewhere with a specific meaning to them, while a further 27% of people said location did not matter to them.


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Men were less likely than women to consider their burial location as an important factor, the research suggested.

Nick Kennett, director of financial services at Post Office Money, said: 'The cost of burial sites is likely to continue to rise as time goes on and the cost of land itself increases.'

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A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: 'Burial costs in Norwich were agreed following a public consultation on budget setting. They are designed to cover the cemetery's running costs and, as such, do not generate any profit.

'The charges in this report refer to an assortment of burial arrangements and so do not provide a direct price comparison. Our fee would purchase a grave for a 100-year term, while some listed would cover just 30 years.

'The figure in the report is just one of the burial and memorial options we offer at a range of different costs.'

Average burial cost by city:

•Birmingham - £2,815

•London - £2,617

•Norwich - £2,452

•Leeds - £2,223

•Edinburgh - £2,162

•Glasgow - £1,980

•Manchester - £1,870

•Newcastle - £1,682

•Liverpool - £1,620

•Sheffield - £1,605

•Bristol - £1,555

•Southampton - £1,415

•Nottingham - £1,360

•Cardiff - £1,275

•Belfast - £980

•Average - £1,841

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