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UK to review cremation facilities for Hindus, Sikhs

world Updated: Jul 09, 2015 11:57 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times
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Britain on Wednesday announced a review of crematorium facilities across the country following representations from leaders of Hindu and Sikh communities that current facilities are too small and not equipped to meet their needs.

Announcing the review during the annual budget in the House of Commons, chancellor George Osborne said the review would ensure that the facilities are made appropriate to all users and faiths, and has enough regard to cultural sensitivities.

Osborne said: “This is a Budget that delivers for British Hindus and Sikhs: backing business, supporting aspiration and standing behind families that work hard. Over the past year, a number of British Hindus and Sikhs have also raised with me their concerns about cremation facilities for their communities”.

“They’ve told me that often the facilities are not large enough for everyone from the community to pay their respects and don’t always pay enough regard to cultural sensitivities. So, this Budget announces a review into these facilities”.

Osborne said the government wanted to know more about concerns of people from all faiths and none have about crematorium facilities, “so we can do more to ensure everybody can mark the passing of their loved ones appropriately”.