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Funeral costs investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an in-depth market investigation into the funerals sector. Following publication of its interim report in November 2018, the CMA consulted on whether to progress to a market investigation. Having carefully considered...

NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a range of ambitions for the NHS over the next ten years. It has been followed up with other key NHS documents such as the new GP contract, and guidance on social...

New powers to investigate stillbirths

Over the years there have been calls from bereaved parents, charities and others for a more transparent and independent process for determining the causes of, and learning from, stillbirths. The government has now launched a consultation on proposals to...

Dying Matters Week

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs 13-18 May 2019 with the theme Are We Ready? Bereavement care organisations can get involved through planning events, raising awareness and helping people to consider these questions and more… Are we ready...

A Connected Society

The government’s Loneliness Strategy is published today. The strategy highlights bereavement as a trigger for feelings of loneliness. As part of the strategy, the Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to...

Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave Bill

Parental Bereavement Leave

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill has received Royal Assent and will pass into law. This is a great step forward for grieving parents, who from April 2020 will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave on the...

Children’s Grief Awareness

Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2018 will run from 15-21 November with the theme #RememberWhen The Week is a chance for us to come together to show our support for bereaved children across the UK. Organisations across the UK will...

Baby Loss Awareness Week

The death of a baby is not a rare event. It can happen to anyone. Every year, thousands of people in the UK are affected by the death of a baby or experience pregnancy loss. A collaboration between more...

Hospice Care Week

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Each year we hold a week of celebration and action, which helps to change people’s perceptions of hospice care. Heart...

Death certification reform

The Government has responded to the consultation and set out its intentions to reform death certification. The purpose of the reforms is to improve engagement with bereaved people in the process of death certification and offer them an opportunity to...