Council confirms infant cremation compensation settlement

Archived news: published on Thursday 07 Feb 2019 by Fife Council

Fife Council have confirmed that a settlement has been reached for families affected by previous practices involving infant cremation.
Alan Paul, Senior Manager said: “We have apologised unreservedly to families who were affected by our past practices and recognise the harm and distress that it caused.  As documented, some infants’ ashes were unrecovered from the chamber and we have changed our practices to avoid this happening again.   I can reassure you  none were discarded in the waste as has been reported.
“We previously invited families to discuss a specific memorial to their infants and have just this week received some ideas from their representatives, which we will be discussing in due course.
“The final date for those affected by past practices at Fife crematoria to make a claim for compensation is 1st March, which will enable the process to move to the next stage. We have agreed terms of settlement with Thompsons Solicitors.  however the details of these are confidential.”
Claims will be accepted until 5pm on the 1 March 2019 and should be addressed to Clare Whyte, Risk Management Team Leader, Fife Council, Fife House, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5LT or Catherine McGarrell, Solicitor Thompsons Solicitors, 285 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HQ with full contact details at
Clare Whyte, Risk Management Team Leader 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 12 05 Contact Clare Whyte online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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