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|
|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