Help for people recently bereaved

Diane Newsham,left,  owner of Gracie-Ann's Tea Rooms, in Port Solent, with her colleague Jayne Rose who died suddenly last year.

Port Solent tea room holds bake-off in memory of much-loved colleague

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REGISTERING a death has been made easier with a new service.

In future residents only need to make one contact with West Sussex County Council and officers will ensure all the necessary departments within the county council are informed a death has occurred.

Until now when a person died the next of kin had to make separate contacts with individual council services such as libraries, adult social care, and about blue disability badges.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, who is in charge of residents’ services at the council, said: ‘We hope that this new service will help people at a difficult time.

‘It means there will be one less thing for them to worry about. It’s clearly better and more efficient to make just one contact with the county council rather than having to deal several different services.’

It is hoped the service will soon be extended to the full Department of Work & Pensions Tell Us Once service.