Should Council be cashing in from the death of a child?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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PRESSURE is mounting on Antrim and Newtownabbey to follow in the footsteps of compassionate councils by waiving burial costs for children.
Momentum has been building since a regional scheme to ease the burden on parents was rolled out in England in March.
With Stormont in mothballs, the prospects of a similar Children's Funeral Fund here remain in limbo - but in recent weeks a growing number of local authorities have grasped the nettle and gone it alone.
Mid and East Antrim, Newry Mourne and Down Councils this week joined Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and Belfast City Council by offering significant reductions to families coming to terms with the loss of a child.
“We can resolve this until the introduction of a regional initiative," said former Antrim councillor Stephen Nicholl, who proposed the sympathetic change of heart up the A26 in his new base in Ballymena.
But to date the silence from Antrim and Newtownabbey has been deafening.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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