Author: Age NI Enterprises
Published on 03 October 2012 04:00 PM
Age NI Enterprises is urging consumers to ask for a written quote upfront when buying funeral services to ensure they don’t get caught out by hidden charges. With funeral costs on the rise in recent years, many people ask for a basic funeral quote in the hope that it will be the most cost-effective option.
But to avoid any unpleasant surprises when the final bill arrives, it is essential to clarify what is included and which goods and services have to be paid for as extras before booking anything. Ron Warwick, General Manager at Age NI Enterprises said, ‘Before purchasing a funeral always ask for a written quote which outlines all the costs. Make sure that you clarify upfront exactly what is included in the price and that it covers all the services you require. A cheap offer at first sight can turn out rather more expensive if you have to pay extra for many additional items. ‘Those who want to protect themselves against future price rises should consider a funeral plan. It makes financial sense, as you’re effectively paying for your funeral at today’s prices. This not only means that the financial burden won’t fall on loved ones, but it also ensures that your personal wishes can be carried out, which can be a great source of comfort for family at an upsetting time.’
Age UK’s Funeral Plans, offered to you by Age NI, enable people to fix the cost of their cremation funeral at today’s prices and remove the worry about rising inflation. They are designed specifically for those in later life and offer flexible plans and payment methods to suit different requirements. The Age UK Funeral Plan guarantees that the funeral costs covered by the plan are met in full and at today’s prices, meaning less worry and financial strain for all involved. Age NI Enterprises can also make arrangements for people who are considering a burial funeral, although the cost is not fully guaranteed. Customers who take out an Age UK Funeral Plan before the price rise on 1 December 2012 can also save up to £235.
For further information please call Age NI Enterprises on 0808 808 4545, visit www.ageni.org/buy or call in to our office at 10 College Street, Belfast to speak with a colleague in person. Age NI Enterprises Limited is an Appointed Representative of Age UK Enterprises Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for insurance mediation.