Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Funerals and Bereavement are made up of Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum and the members of the Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG) which is the result of – The Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC), Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA), Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers’ Association (FFMA), Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) and The Cremation Society – coming together to develop a consensus approach to the many challenging issues which now face the sector.
Our focus is on raising the issues and helping to address the challenges our sector faces with some of our key stakeholders – such as Government, Parliamentarians as well as the general public. Our focus and message to each of these key audiences is:
- Fair and Proportionate Regulations – We are campaigning on behalf of the sector for fair regulations and suitable legislative change.
- Learning from Covid-19 – Understanding the impact of decisions made during the pandemic to raise standards.
- Mental Health Support – Safeguarding the mental wellbeing of employees and the bereaved.
- Sector Recognition – Greater understanding and wider championing of the funeral sector and its employees.
- Correcting the Misconceptions of our Sector – Promoting better understanding of the processes involved across the sector.
- Raising Standards – Improving local services at local levels.
- A Greener Industry – Showcasing our commitment to the green agenda and making our sector greener.
- A Resource for Consumers – Raising confidence in a process which supports the bereaved and offering reliable, impartial information.
- Local Relevance – Encouraging communities to understand better and embrace their local cemeteries and the history of it.
The APPG and its members look forward to making progress on these issue, and many others, in the weeks and months to come.