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Funeral costs are 'a postcode lottery'

The University of Bath's Kate Woodthorpe has told the Today programme funeral costs are "a postcode lottery".

She explained that while the average cost of a funeral stands at £3,500, the price is much higher in London.

Ms Woodthorpe also said there was a lack of "engagement" on the issue, leading to an increasing demand for public health funerals.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 21 January 2014.