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Treasury Solicitor (Bona Vacantia)

Public Health Funerals

The Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 places a statutory duty on Kettering Borough Council for registering the death and arranging the funeral of any person who has died within the borough of Kettering in cases 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 1948.  In response to the volume of FOI requests on this subject the Council has created this 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 web page.

Names Date of Death Referred to Treasury Solicitor
J HARLEY 23.12.2010 No
K MORTER 04.08.2011 No
M FOX 25.08.2011 No
M COZAC 23.11.2011 No
I ALLSOPP 12.11.2011 No
R WILLS 20.12.2011 No
C BUCKBY 04.01.2012 Yes
W LAW 01.03.2012 No
M MASON 25.03.2012 No
J BLUNDELL 12.03.2012 Yes
R WHITE 28.05.2013 No
C GREEN 12.05.2012 No
M BATEY 28.08.2012 No
A GIBSON 13.09.2012 No
R SMITH 14.11.2012 No
D TAYLOR 05.12.2012 No
A DAVIS 13.03.2013 No
D RANDALL 24.03.2013 No
N HOWE 15.06.2013 No
K JONES 04.07.2013 No
J MULCHRONE 25.07.2013 No
B SKIBINSKI 11.09.2013 No
F ROBERTSON 08.10.2013 No
J GILKES 07.10.2013 No
D COLLINS 16.10.2013 No
N PROSTSENKO 28.11.2013 No
P HARDWICK 25.01.2014 No
S MARLOW 26.02.2014 No
D O'BRIEN 03.07.2014 No
R LINER 23.07.2014 No
D MARSTON 28.11.2014 No
A SANDERS 22.12.2014 No
R DESBOROUGH 17.01.2015 No
S ENIOLORUNDA 21.07.2015 No
M NORCROSS 10.05.2015 No
W GRZESZCZUK 11.09.2015 No
I LOAK 16.09.2015 No
J BRADY 14.10.2015 No
R MCPHERSON 24.10.2015 No
G SHELVEY 18.01.2016 No
B BELLCHAMBERS 23.01.2016 No
L HARRIS 04.07.2016  No
S DOY 07.07.2016  No 
A BAUDAINS 19.09.2016  No 
J MEESON 25.10.2016  No 
H ANSFIELD 14.12.2016  No 
J EZERINS 19.12.2016  No 
J SMITH  02.01.2017 No
A M JAMES-HART 14.12.2016 No
B W SHARMAN 09.06.2017   Yes
B A BOSWELL 08.07.2017  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 Kettering Borough Council (KBC) holds some of the information requested, KBC 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 Government Legal Department  or at the Bona Vacantia website

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

Kettering 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 roll, telephone directory entry, 192.com etc would make identifying properties fairly easy.

Northamptonshire Registry Office

All deaths have to be registered with the local registrar.  Find further information on the Northamptonshire Registry Office