Life events such as a birth, death or marriage are everyday occurences, but ones that we are quite often not prepared for. We often have to face making decisions we have never faced before and this can be a daunting task.
We understand how important it is to you that the service you receive meets your needs and your need for clear information to help you during these events. This section will provide you with a brief overview of the services and formalities you will need to understand.
Under section 46 of the Public Health (control of disease) Act 1984, we are responsible for arranging the funeral of a person who has died within the borders of Bolover District if no suitable arrangements have been or are being made for the funeral.
Before we can arrange for the burial or cremation, the death must be registered.
The home of the deceased person is searched to locate any next of kin, relatives or friends and to find a will or any funeral plans. Financial records such as bank statements will be checked and any finances found by us will go towards recovering the costs of the funeral.
Unfortunately, we do not have any grants available to assist with funeral costs, nor can we help with a funeral that has already taken place. However, if you need help to pay for a funeral and you meet the qualifying criteria, for example you are on a low income and claim certain benefits then you may be entitled to financial help with the costs associated with the funeral. Gov.uk may be able to offer financial help towards the cost of the funeral.
A list of public funerals can be found below. From April 2015, rather than post every month, we will only post information if the Council has dealt with an assisted funeral
A birth must be registered in the district in which the birth occurs. If a birth occurred in another district, a declaration can be attested at any register office and forwarded on.
To make an appointment to register a birth please contact the relevant register office. The registration will take about 15 to 20 minutes, and must be completed within 42 days of the birth date.
Who can register a birth?
If the mother and father are not married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, the mother alone may register the birth. The father's details can only be entered in the register if he is also present at the time of registration. If the mother registers alone, it is possible to add the father’s particulars by re-registration at any future time, should they both agree.
Unmarried couples - The right to be responsible for your child
Parental responsibility for your child gives you important legal rights as well as responsibilities. Without it, you don’t have any right to be involved in decisions such as where they live, their education, religion or medical treatment. With parental responsibility, you are treated in law as the child’s parent, and you take equal responsibility for bringing them up.
Unlike mothers and married fathers, if you are not married to your baby’s mother you do not automatically have parental responsibility for them.
Need help to decide what to do?
What is needed to register?
The baby's date and place of birth, forename(s) and surname.
What certificates will I receive?
You can order a certificate online from the General Register Office or by telephone (0845 603 7788, Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 8.00 pm, or Saturday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm) or post from the local register office where the event took place.
Find your Local Register Office.
In England and Wales, you normally need to register the death within five days. It's best to go to the register office in the area in which the person died, otherwise it may take longer to get the necessary documents and this could delay the funeral arrangements.
Registering the death will take about half an hour; you may need to make an appointment beforehand.
Who can register a death?
Deaths that occurred anywhere else can be registered by:
Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.
Documents and information you will need
And if available:
The information you will need to tell the registrar will include:
Documents you will receive
The registrar will also give you a booklet called 'What to do after a death'. This offers advice on probate and other administrative issues that will need to be done around this time. You can also download a copy below.
If a post-mortem is needed, the coroner will issue any necessary documents as quickly as possible afterwards.
If there is an error in a death record, details can be changed or added. Ideally the person who registered the death should arrange this with the office where the death was registered. You may be asked to provide documentary evidence to prove an error was made.
If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, speak to the vicar of the church in which you wish to marry. There is usually no need to involve your local register office.
If you wish to have a religious ceremony at a licensed location other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should usually:
Register Office marriages
It is important to contact the register office of your choice as soon as you have decided on a date to avoid disappointment. Staff at the register office will make a provisional booking and discuss the legal requirements that must be complied with before you can marry.