In this section you will find the latest news and campaign updates from the National Association of Funeral Directors.
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Have you secured your space yet?
The National Funeral Exhibition 2019 (NFE) is still 15 months away, yet prime spots on the floorplan have already been secured by high profile exhibitors such as Wilcox, Lyn Oakes, JC Atkinson and many others. More than 40 major exhibitors have already agreed space at the show, with a host of enquiries every day adding to that number. The show is expected to top the 200 exhibitors attracted to the 2017 event.
There are ‘early bird’ discounts available for firms that secure their space in 2018, and a range of other special offers available too so, if you’re thinking of bringing your business to NFE 2019, contact the show team as soon as possible to make sure you get the space you want.
A survey of local authorities out today (8 February 2018) by the LGiU think tank and The Municipal Journal has revealed the extent of the pressure local councils are under to balance their books and the degree to which this is leading them to levy additional charges on local communities. The 2018 State of Local Government Finance report highlights how councils are not only intending to increase council tax, but are also draining their reserves and looking for additional ways to increase charges to residents too.
A target for these rises is often bereaved people. In recent years the National Association of Funeral Directors has seen countless examples of local authorities introducing double above-inflation (and often double digit) rises for burials and cremations as well as introducing fines for late running funerals and excess charges for out-of-area funerals.
In fact these kinds of third party charges now account for a third of all funeral costs and are the fastest rising cost connected to a funeral. In 2017, both burial and cremation fees attracted above-inflation price rises (Royal London reported burial fees up by an average of 3.5% for residents and 5.3% for non-residents and cremation fees up by 5.4% in September 2017).
The NAFD worked BBC Newsbeat journalist Ben Mundy, over several months, to create a documentary about young people entering the funeral profession and the realities of their job, caring for people that have died and their families.
The documentary follows the work of apprentices Ben and Ellie, both 17, who work for AW Lymn – the Family Funeral Service in Nottingham; Sam, 20, who works for Homeland International, part of CPJ Field in Sussex; and Luke, who has recently opened his own funeral business in Sheerness, Kent, at the age of 25.
The National Association of Funeral Directors has welcomed the Government’s announcement of plans to simplify the process for making claims under the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, but remains concerned that the changes don’t go far enough in addressing some of the benefit’s biggest frailties.
Why not add an NAFD qualification to your professional achievements in 2018? The Association’s two Diploma courses provide comprehensive training for funeral service professionals and are considered the gold standard qualifications for the sector.
The Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration (Dip FAA) and the Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) are studied for across a period of between 9-15 months (dependent upon the qualification) and are delivered by a team of highly qualified NAFD approved tutors and assessed by the NAFD Board of Examiners.
In November, St. Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset launched a new funeral service in Taunton, in what it termed ‘a natural extension of its end of life care’ but, subsequently, was revealed to be part of a new commercial franchise business opportunity.
In its initial response, the NAFD highlighted how closely funeral directors work with hospices across the UK and support them with fundraising, often in discreet ways to avoid upsetting or offending anyone dealing with a terminal illness. The Association also observed that some hospices have rejected fundraising or donations from funeral homes, to avoid giving the impression of any connection or obligation to their clients – and the NAFD noted the apparent irony of a hospice now deciding to bypass these kinds of concerns and set up its own funeral service.
Many congratulations to our 2017 graduates, who celebrated their achievements and received their NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, or Funeral Arranging and Administration, this weekend.
The graduation ceremony took place at Birmingham City University, which endorses the NAFD’s qualifications programme, along with One Awards with the awards handed out by NAFD President Alison Crake and Dawn Albery, Head of Birmingham City Business School, in front of an audience packed full of family and friends.
The National Association of Funeral Directors responds to changes to Social Fund Funeral Payment
The National Association of Funeral Directors has responded to the Department of Work and Pension’s proposed changes to the Social Fund Funeral Payment expressing extreme disappointment that the Government’s proposals avoid tackling some of the benefit’s biggest failings – leaving bereaved families and funeral directors to continue picking up the pieces.
In response to a number of calls and queries, raised with the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), asking if there is any connection between the ‘Funeral Director Show’ (promoted by Mulberry Publications) and the National Funeral Exhibition 2019, we can confirm there is no connection between the two shows.
The National Funeral Exhibition 2019, which will take place from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June 2019, will showcase the latest, innovative products, inspiring thought leadership and business networking opportunities for the funeral profession. At National Funeral Exhibition 2019 you’ll find more than 200 exhibitors across a wide range of sectors, including vehicle fleets, coffins and caskets, professional equipment suppliers, printing and stationery companies, online memorial services, charities and a range of business advisory firms to support funeral directors with their business needs.
The latest in the NAFD’s series of essential skills training courses for members is a comprehensive first aid course.
The Association offers certificated First Aid Courses for the 3 day “First Aid at Work” qualification, the two day “First Aid at Work” re-qualification for those who already have the 3 year certificate and need to renew it, and the 1 day “Emergency First Aid at work” course. The options available for members are to have either a “Closed” course on their own premises for their own staff or to attend an “Open course” at various locations around the UK.