Further to our post on the lost baby ashes scandal, which detailed how a crematorium in Shropshire managed to lose the ashes of several cremated babies, leaving the families devastated, the government has today promised a full scale review into cremation services.

The press release details further proposals, which include looking at putting forward new cremation rules, and a review of out of hours coroner services.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer also announced today an additional review into existing crematorium facilities, to make sure they are adequate.

A quote from Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage in the press release states:

“I am taking action to make sure that after a cremation infant ashes are returned to bereaved families.

“Parents should not have to experience any additional grief like those affected by the issues in Emstrey have faced.

“I am also continuing work to make sure bereaved people are at the very heart of the coroner system – it is paramount that the services are there to help the whole community.”

This will hopefully be welcome news for those families affected.