At a meeting of Full Council today, Cllr Steve Bell expressed his upset and disgust that Brighton & Hove City Council are one of the only local authorities not currently signed-up to the ‘Tell Us Once’ service.
Tell Us Once is a government service that allows people to report a death to a number of government departments in one go. The service is provided by most local authorities on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Speaking in Hove Town Hall Cllr Bell said “When you’re mourning a loved one, the very last thing you want to do is wade through multiple copies of the same paperwork and make multiple calls to all the different organisations and departments that need informing of a death. I am shocked that out of 407 councils in England, Scotland, and Wales there are just 11 that do not use the Tell Us Once service. Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority is one of the 11 that do not use it, and it is a disgrace that this Labour Administration have done nothing to change that.”