Burial and Cemeteries Advisory Group

The BACG provides advice on burials and burial grounds.

Role of the group

The group advises burial authorities, the public and government on:

  • providing, managing and maintaining burial grounds, including those closed to further burials
  • good burial practice and procedures, including on exhumation
  • possible improvements to policy and legislation

It also makes recommendations on future advisory arrangements.


The group includes representatives from:

  • Association of Burial Authorities
  • Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries
  • Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Cemetery Research Group, University of York
  • Churches Funerals Group
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Council for the Care of Churches
  • Cremation Society of Great Britain
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • English Heritage
  • Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management
  • Local Government Association
  • Ministry of Justice (Chair)
  • Muslim Council of Great Britain
  • National Association of Funeral Directors
  • National Association of Local Councils
  • National Association of Memorial Masons
  • National Federation of Cemetery Friends
  • National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
  • Natural England
  • Society of Local Council Clerks
  • Welsh Local Government Association
  • Welsh Assembly Government