Decision details

Reduction in Cremation Capacity

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Community Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


From week commencing 20 April 2020 the number of available cremation slots was increased from 58 to 75 per week to cope with the potential increased demand from COVID-19. Following a reduction in cases and deaths, demand has reduced to between 40%-50% therefore from week commencing 6 July 2020, the number of available cremations per week will return to normal capacity of 58.

Financial/staffing/health & safety (incl virus transmission risks)/service delivery impacts/other risks and impacts considered:


To reduce number of cremations per week back to 58 from week commencing 6 July 2020.

Reason: Return service to normal capacity.

Alternative options considered:

Continue at increased capacity for longer, which is now not required. There is the ability to increase the number of cremations again if required.

Publication date: 23/11/2020

Date of decision: 16/06/2020