A new survey by the Local Government Association has indicated that many people in England and Wales are dying alone.
Based on the existing situation in 208 councils across England and Wales, the survey also found that councils spent £1.56 million last year for 2,200 public funerals.
"These tragic figures speak for themselves. People, mostly elderly, are dying around us with no family or friends nearby to care for them," said David Rogers of the LGA. "It is a sad fact that there are thousands of people across the country with no family or friends to arrange, attend or pay for their funeral. Nobody should find themselves in that position."
The survey also found that the average cost of a funeral was £959