Public Health Funerals

Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 the local authority 'must cause to be buried or cremated the body of any person who had died or been found dead in their area, in any case where is appears to the authority that no suitable arrangements for the disposal of the body have been or are being made otherwise than by the authority'.

In such cases, Winchester City Council will arrange and pay for a simple but respectful funeral to keep costs to a minimum.

Where the local authority has arranged and paid for the funeral, they may recover from the estate of the deceased person any expenses incurred.

Winchester City Council receives a large number of requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the FOI Act) where the requestor seeks information about public health funerals.

In order to reduce the amount of time taken dealing with these requests, basic details of all public health funerals arranged by this Council since 1 January 2010 will be displayed on the web-site - please see 'List of Public Health Funerals' download below. In most cases, this list will be updated within seven days from notification of death. In practice this Council deals with very few cases where there is no next of kin and where the case is subsequently referred to the Treasury Solicitor.

People who make Freedom of Information requests will be referred to this page. If further information is required about a particular case, you should contact the Head of Environmental Health & Licensing (details below).

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the last known address has been withheld under the following exemption:

Section 31(1)(a) - Law enforcement (prevention and detection of crime). Winchester City Council will not disclose details of the full last known address of the deceased as the address if unoccupied might still contain the deceased's personal effects. Winchester City Council does not believe it to be in the public interest to disclose information relating to unoccupied properties where releasing that information into the public domain could prejudice the prevention of crime.

All deaths have to be registered with the Register Office. The link to the Hampshire Register Offices is The majority of cases will be registered at the Winchester office.

If you require details for a particular case, please write to; Head of Environmental Health & Licensing, Winchester City Council, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ or email;