Unclaimed ashes to be scattered without permission

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THE unclaimed remains of thousands of dead Scots are to be scattered without permission into mass graves.

The ashes of around 8,000 urns a year go unclaimed by relatives at funeral homes across the country – with some kept in vaults for more than 50 years.

New regulations, due to come into force within a year, will mean ashes unclaimed for more than five years will be discarded.

The plans have been backed by the National Association of Funeral Directors.

But Richard Powell, from the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities said: “Scattering ashes without consent could be deeply divisive.”