Posts from June 2019

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A year after the government called for evidence on the regulation of pre-paid funeral plans, a consultation paper on its new proposed policy has just been published. 
Having looked at how the market currently operates, the government is proposing that all funeral plan providers should be controlled by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 
The government says the objective is make sure that pre-paid funeral plan providers are: 
• subject to robust and enforceable conduct standards 
• properly overseen 
• part of an appropriate dispute resolution process if things go wrong. 
Here are some things you might not know about death in medieval times. 
Death and taxes 
Today we understand that coroners are responsible for examining the cause of death when the circumstances are unknown or unusual. They also investigate and confirm the identity of the person who has died. 
However, when the coroner’s role was first introduced in in England in 1194, their main job was to collect taxes, although they also recorded deaths that occurred in unusual or suspicious circumstances. Looking back at their records tells us a lot about how people once lived and died. 
Here are five causes of medieval death from the coroner’s records of the time. 
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