Camden Labour is pleased that the Government has announced that bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services. Over the past few years the Camden’s Labour council has been campaigning for out-of-hours coroner services to bring the service up to the standard required for the modern, multicultural society that we live in.
Camden Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities & Culture has been leading a targeted campaign calling specifically for change in coroners’ services and responded by saying:
“This announcement is fantastic news and justifies the hard work of everyone who has been campaigning for these important changes. It also justifies the discussions that Camden has led with Rt. Hon, Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in order to raise our concerns and to demonstrate the support in particular at the most senior levels of Jewish and Muslim communities across London.
“We are extremely pleased the Government has listened to us and taken on-board our suggestions. However, I want to be clear that this is not just an issue for the Jewish and Muslim communities, but also about adopting a more sensitive approach towards all bereaved families.
“It is worth noting that people of many other different faiths have supported this campaign as they also believe that everyone should have the right to observe their own religious beliefs when they have suffered the pain of losing a loved one.”
Councillor Hai has been leading Camden’s campaign for coroner services to be brought in line with a 21st century ethos and has called for support and compassion for bereaved families. His work has included organised public events and lobbying MP’s and Government Ministers for change. His report Coroner’s Service Scope for Change’ puts forward a number of recommendations, including: provision of out-of-hours and weekend services; an improved service culture making services more accessible; exploring non-invasive post mortem techniques; consistent service standards being applied within every coroners’ district on a national basis through a national service charter.
You can read the Government’s announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bereaved-to-benefit-from-action-on-cremation-and-coroner-services