Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Money Matters ; MEN PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Money Matters ; MEN PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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THE rising cost of living is hitting older readers hardest. For food and fuel bills, which are driving inflation, take a bigger share of their incomes. Funeral costs are rising faster still, having increased from Pounds 2,225* in 2006 to Pounds 3,516** in 2012 they show no signs of slowing because funeral overheads - even the fuel for the hearse - are spiralling upwards. Latest projections suggest the price of the average funeral will have reached almost Pounds 5,000*** by 2017.

YOUR FUNERAL COULDN'T BE IN BETTER HANDS The MEN has teamed up with Dignity, the UK's leading provider of funeral plans with a network of more than 1,100 owned or approved funeral directors, many of whom have served their local communities for generations. In 1985 they launched the first funeral plan in the UK and since then more than 520,000 people have seen the benefits of having a funeral plan with Dignity.

In their latest survey of Dignity customers, more than 99 percent of customers' families said that they had met or exceeded their expectations, and 98 percent said that they would recommend Dignity to friends and family.

PEACE OF MIND PENSIONERS Derek and Joan Thornton didn't want to leave their family with any money worries in the future, so they decided to take out funeral plans.

"I took out a plan back in September 2011 and paid for it over 12 months; spreading the cost made it much more affordable. We've now taken one out for Joan", says Derek.

Derek and Joan, 70, each purchased a Dignity Funeral Plan which is guaranteed to cover the necessary costs of a traditional cremation service.

"We're both really pleased we've got this sorted. It has given us peace of mind and means we can now get on with enjoying life, knowing everything is sorted and the family won't have any unexpected bills to pay", adds Derek.

QA& WHAT IS A GUARANTEED FUNERAL PLAN? With a Guaranteed Funeral Plan from Dignity, you can arrange your funeral in advance.

As well as guaranteeing to pay for the necessary costs of a traditional cremation funeral, the Guaranteed Funeral Plan from Dignity also helps to take care of all the funeral arrangements. So when the time comes, your family won't have the worry of having to find funds or guess what type of service you wanted.

BEAT RISING FUNERAL COSTS in the financial industry.

When the time comes, there is no complicated claims process - just a single phone call to Dignity to put the plan into motion.

More and more people are planning their funeral in advance to ensure loved ones are protected from rising funeral costs. By choosing to take out a Guaranteed Funeral Plan from Dignity, rather than relying on life insurance policies or savings, you pay for funeral costs in advance at today's prices.

REMEMBER!

There are no health restrictions, and acceptance is guaranteed Taking out a plan couldn't be easier; there is a simple application form, which you can complete from the comfort of your own home. …

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