Of course.Tangled Metal wrote:You come into this world - your parents pay through taxation.
You get partly paid for healthcare - wholly paid for by taxation or you have to pay privately (eg dental work or optical care).
You die - why stop there? You pay for this as well. You don't want to pay directly? Let's have another tax and let the state decide on your funeral. Times of plenty it'll be good for those left behind. Time of austerity it'll be a bag and burnt. Possibly without family present.
Sorry to be pessimistic but you pay for everything one way or another if you're taxed. Of course you might not be paying enough to cover all the costs of your state services, there's a threshold earnings before your state contributions break even with your share of services.
If taxation pays for all this, why not have a £500 funeral paid for too?
If you want more than a basic do, pay more.
Also, my dad died in debt and we never paid a penny for his funeral. Tell a lie, we bought the flowers.
Funerals are usually paid from the estate, and it there's no estate, the state pay. Therefore the ability of the state to pay for funerals is already allowed for.