A BLACKBURN charity is urging consumers to ask for a written quote when buying funeral services to ensure they do not get caught out by hidden charges.

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen has issued the warning as the cost to bury a loved one increases year upon year.

Elaine Jennings, of income generation at Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, said: “Before purchasing a funeral, always ask for a written quote which outlines all the costs. Make sure that you clarify upfront exactly what is included in the price, and that it covers all the services you require.

“A cheap offer at first sight can turn out rather more expensive if you have to pay extra for many additional items.”

For further information, contact Age UK on 01254 266620.