On 28 March 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the final report of their funerals market study. The CMA launched a review of the funerals industry on 1 June 2018, amid concerns that prices had been increasing substantially and that funerals had become unaffordable for many. The CMA has concluded that no evidence or argument has been presented to give cause for it to change its overall view set out in its interim report of November 2018, that there are grounds to suspect there are various features that may prevent or restrict competition in the funeral sector. The CMA has decided to thus refer the supply of services by funeral directors at the point of need and the supply of crematoria services for a single in-depth Phase 2 market investigation.
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