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Ashley Shepherd is the founder and managing director at Over50choices. With over 30 years’ experience in financial services, he has held senior roles in building societies, banks and insurance companies.

Ashley Shepherd
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20th Jan 2020

What is the cost of dying in the UK in 2020?

The cost of dying in the UK is now £9,493; an increase of 62% over the last decade. According to the Sunlife Cost of Dying report 2020, this increase which includes funeral expenses, professional fees and ‘send-off’ costs is slowing, however worryingly is still financially beyond many peoples reach.

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02nd Dec 2019

Bereavement services in the UK

Find out more about bereavement services and the support available near you. Including whether you are entitled to any cash allowances

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26th Aug 2019

What does the Funeral Planning Authority do?

Prepaid funeral plans are regulated by the FCA but by the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA).

Is there a Saga Funeral Plan? Image
10th Jan 2019

Is there a Saga Funeral Plan?

Saga is well known for providing information, products and of course holidays for the over 50s but as yet they do not offer Saga Funeral Plans.

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01st Jan 2019

Alternative Funeral Services

Although the majority of families still stick to tradition when it comes to funerals, an increasing number of people across the UK are now considering other options and looking for alternatives to a funeral service.

The Problem with Pay Now, Die Later: Funerals Uncovered TV Programme Image
12th Oct 2018

The Problem with Pay Now, Die Later: Funerals Uncovered TV Programme

Frustration at the lazy, one sided, sensationalised way the documentary was filmed and sadness that this blatant scaremongering will now put some viewers off pre-arranging their funeral services with a funeral plan.

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18th Sep 2018

The Funeral Plan Price War Begins

I said it would happen but I think you can safely say that the funeral plan price war has officially started, courtesy of todayrsquo;s announcement that Dignity has slashed its funeral plan prices.

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13th Sep 2018

SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018

The latest SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2018 is now out, providing the latest news on funeral costs, as well as information on our attitudes to funerals and funeral planning.

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06th Sep 2018

Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report 2018

The annual Royal London National Funeral Cost Index Report for 2018 has just been released and as usual makes interesting reading.

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17th Jul 2018

How long should a Cremation Funeral Service take?

Demand on crematoriums is high, however with cremation services now accounting for 77% of funerals and a decline in the number of religious church funeral services, how long should a cremation funeral take?

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10th Jul 2018

How to choose the Best Direct Cremation Funeral Plan

Direct Cremation is a relatively new funeral option available throughout the UK that simply separates the cremation process from the service. Quite simply it is a dignified cremation without a funeral service, so no family or friends in attendance; appealing to those looking for either a cheap cremation alterative or more frequently people who donrsquo;t want the worry and fuss of a funeral service.

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06th Jul 2018

Your Guide to Cheaper Cremation Funeral Plans

With our changing attitude towards funeral tradition and soaring costs, an increasing number of people across the UK are now looking into cheaper low cost funerals, which is why there are now several prepaid funeral plans available which offer a cheap cremation alternative.

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