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30/01/2020

CMA publishes research papers on the funeral services market

Subject: Competition law

Source: Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

The CMA has published a set of research papers on its work in enquiring into the funeral and crematoria services market. An overview of the work is set out in the paper Funerals market investigation: Overview of key research and analysis.

The CMA has set out a range of possible remedies that may be effective in

addressing possible competition issues which it “may” find in the provision of funeral

director services at the point of need. The four possible remedies that are being considered are:

* the introduction of a quality regulation regime;

*measures to promote greater information transparency;

* price controls; and

* local authority procurement of funeral director services.

The CMA has received evidence that some funeral directors provide poor quality with respect to their care for the deceased, which falls below commonly acceptable minimum standards, and that the existing monitoring regimes are not sufficient to prevent this.

Parties wishing to comment on any of the papers being published today

should send their comments to Funerals@cma.gov.uk by 27 February 2020.

 

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