The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council for registering the death and arranging the funeral of any person who has died where there are no known relatives or friends able to make the necessary arrangements.

The Council, along with many other local authorities, has been experiencing a huge rise in Freedom of Information (FOI) Requests from companies offering to trace the next of kin of persons being buried under the Public Health Act 1984. In response to the volume of FOI requests on this matter, the Council has created this list page to make public all cases it refers to the Treasury Solicitor. In this way the Council has fulfilled its obligation under Section 22 of the FOI Act (future publication) and will from this point forward refuse all such requests and refer applicants to this page.


Public Health Funerals
NameDate of DeathReferred to Treasury Solicitor
V I Slade 08.09.2009 Yes
D J Sweet 25.11.2009 No
J Tye 27.03.2009 No
A Thacker 17.03.2010 No
D G Thomas 15.11.2010 No
K Hughes 12.08.2010 Yes
T R Daw 13.08.2011 No
M Rigdon 26.04.2011 No
S Payne 10.10.2011 No
P Marsh 05.11.2011 No
M M Lloyd 11.10.2011 Yes
M Davies 16.11.2011 Yes
Al J Davies 14.04.2012 No
J O'Neil McCann 02.05.2012 No
P S Jenkins 23.05.2012 No
T W Davies 07.02.2013 No
P Davies 23.03.2013 Yes
A Williams 17.07.2013 No
D Jones 15.07.2013 No
K Eldrige 12.11.2013 No
T J Parry 22.12.2013 No
C Beach 25.06.2014 No
R Sheperd 29.09.2014 Yes
T Edwards 30.01.2015 No
J M Legatt 24.05.2015 No
B H Bevan 09.12.2015 No
B Evans 21.03.2016 No
W H Hudson 16.09.2016 No
E Winfield 30.10.2016 No
B D Pine 06.12.2016 No

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 names and addresses have been redacted or withheld under the following two exemptions:

Section 21 - Information accessible to applicant by other means

Although I can confirm that Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC) holds some of the information requested, the Council does not accept that it holds the information in its own right, but on behalf of the Treasury Solicitors’ department.  Some details of the estate of those persons who have died have been passed onto the Treasury Solicitors’ Department can be accessed via the Treasury Solicitors’ website or at the Bona Vacantia website.

Section 31(1)(a) - Law enforcement (prevention and detection of crime)

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will not disclose address details into the public domain where they relate to deceased’s empty properties as the property is likely to be unoccupied and might still contain the deceased’s personal papers and effects.  The Council does not believe it to be in the public interest to disclose information relating to empty properties prior to a full and thorough securing of the assets of the estate as undertaken by Treasury Solicitors.  Additionally, giving out the names of the deceased taken with other information easily available i.e. the electoral role, telephone directory entry, 192.com etc would make identifying properties fairly easy.

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