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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbria body collection contract worth almost £400,000

A contract for collecting dead bodies across Cumbria could be worth up to £380,000.

Cumbria County Council has put out the contracts on behalf of the coroner across the county for the next three years.

The contracts have been split into nine areas of the county after the existing holder, Dignity Funeral Care, ends the contract in August.

The council has said by splitting the contract it is hoping to attract more small firms to tender.

Among the stipulations for any firm hoping to be awarded the contract is to be able to arrive within an hour when a call is made by the police to remove a body.

The tender says: “When a death occurs, and it is reportable to the HM Coroner, there is a requirement to arrange for the deceased/dead body to be conveyed from the place of death to an appropriate mortuary facility, or other such location as authorised by HM Coroner or their representative, pending a post-mortem examination.

“Reliable and timely arrangements must be in place to move the deceased/dead body to the appropriate location as quickly as is practicable.”

Tenders are open until April 18.

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