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The Evening Standard probe funeral prices in 2018.

Funeral costs have risen by 33 per cent in the last two years, to £4,241, the company added.

“This spike is being fuelled by price hikes among the big chains, who have raised their already-high fees by more than £500 in two years.”

“Meanwhile, independent funeral directors, who represent roughly a third of the market, have actually been found to have dropped their fees over the last 12 months.”

James Dunn, co-founder of Beyond, said:”A lack of transparency in the funeral market is what’s fuelling price rises, particularly among the big chains.”