Shortly before Christmas I wrote a post about the Fair Funerals Campaign and an Early Day Motion (EDM) regarding the cost of children’s funerals.
In that post I called on the three MPs for Brighton and Hove to sign the EDM. I was advised by Labour Councillor, Caroline Penn, that Peter Kyle (Hove) never signs EDMs, but assured me that “he’ll be fighting the cause in more effective ways”. Peter followed this up himself saying: “Caroline is right on both counts. Happy to meet and find ways I can meaningfully support”.
Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion) and Simon Kirby (Brighton Kemptown) have not yet signed.
I am grateful for these responses, although I think that EDMs are a meaningful and an effective way for back benchers and opposition MPs to raise a point with government. This particular EDM has received more MP signatures than any other for the whole of 2016. A total of 152 politicians have now signed including MPs from eight different political parties including the Conservative Party.
The campaign for a children’s funeral fund is being led by Carolyn Harris MP. She is calling on the government to put £10 million into funding children’s funerals across the country. This would make sure grieving parents don’t face the added trauma and distress of funeral poverty. Carolyn lost her own 8 year old son and wasn’t able to afford his burial fees.
I hope that Simon, Caroline and Peter will make sure Theresa May and other Ministers don’t forget about funeral poverty and that the children’s funeral fund becomes a reality.