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Funeral costs are 'a postcode lottery'

21 January 2014 Last updated at 09:43 GMT

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.