Frequently requested information - Public Health Burials

Current information for Public Health Funerals.

The council publishes quarterly information on public health funernal cases that have been referred to it. The most recent information is available for download from the below link.

There have been relatively few public health funerals in Oxford  and we consider it reasonable therefore to publish this information quarterly. The provision of updated information for each quarter will be exempted under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is information we hold with the intention of publishing at a future date as specified above.

Exemption of Additional Information under The Freedom of Information Act 2000

We apply the following exemptions to the release of any further information about public health funerals, people who have died with no known next of kin, bona vacantia estates and estates which have been referred to the Govenrment Legal Department, or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall.

Section 21: Information Reasonably accessible to the Applicant by Another Means.

The Council’s reason for applying for this exemption is that details or all deaths within Oxford are registered. Deaths may be registered at any Registry Office within the county and the details of all these may be found on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Information that the Council holds on estates passed, or estates to be passed to the Government Legal Department is considered to be held on behalf of the Government Legal Department. Details of estates which have been passed to the Government Legal Department can be accessed on the Government Legal Department website. You can also visit the Bona Vacantia website.

Section 31: Law Enforcement

Revealing details of the assets of an estate before the Government Legal Department have undertaken their own enquiries would provide an opportunity for a criminal act to take place, such as theft or fraud. There would also be concerns regarding disclosure of the deceased last known address as the property is likely to be unoccupied and may still contain the personal effects of the deceased.

Taking into account these issues, the Council considers that there is no overriding public interest in releasing this information. Any public interest would best be served by upholding the exemption under Section 31 as the disclosure of the information would be likely to prejudice the prevention of crime by enabling or encouraging the commission of offences.