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Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management - statutory guidance for local authorities

Statutory guidance relating to Schedule 28 of the Coronavirus Act (2020) which introduced new powers for local authorities and government to support the resilience of local death management systems, and step in if they become overwhelmed.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): local death management - statutory guidance for local authorities
Section 6: Interpretation

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Section 6: Interpretation

Part 5 of Schedule 28 provides definitions for terms used in the legislation.

This can be found in the print of the Act. It outlines which authorities can use the powers in the Act. It makes clear that in Scotland the national authority specified by the Act is the Scottish Ministers. It also makes clear that:

  • a local authority is a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994
  • a burial authority is a burial authority for the purposes of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (asp 20) (section 2 of that Act)
  • a cremation authority is a cremation authority for the purposes of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 (section 47(5) of that Act).

Contact

Email: CivilContingenciesPolicy@gov.scot