The government provides a helpful service called “Tell us Once” that allows you to report a death to most government organisations in one go. This service is available in Southend and most other boroughs but if you are registering a death outside the Southend area the registrar will confirm whether the service is available in your area. The registrar will also give you a contact phone number for the service and a unique reference number to use either on the phone of for the Tell Us Once service online.

You have 24 days after registering a death to make use of this service.

Before using the Tell Us Once service

If you are planning to use the Tell Us Once service and you have your Unique Reference Number from the Registrar please prepare the documents and the information about the deceased listed below before you contact the service.

  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Driving licence number
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Passport number
  • The name and address of their next of kin
  • The name and address of any surviving spouse or civil partner
  • The name, address and contact details of the person or company dealing with their estate (property, belongings and money), known as their ‘executor’ or ‘administrator’
  • Details of any local council services they were getting, for example Blue Badge
  • Details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, for example State Pension
  • Details of any public sector or armed forces pension schemes they were getting or paying in to

Important

Please note that you will need the permission of the next of kin, the executor, the administrator or anyone who was claiming joint benefits or entitlements with the deceased before you give their details to anyone.

The Tell Us Once service will contact the following organisations for you

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – to deal with personal tax
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – to cancel benefits, for example Income Support
  • Passport Office – to cancel a British passport
  • The local council – to cancel Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, a Blue Badge, to remove the person from the electoral register and to inform council housing services
  • Veterans UK – to cancel Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – to cancel a licence and remove the person as the keeper of up to 5 vehicles 

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact you about the tax, benefits and entitlements of the person who died.

Tell Us Once will also contact some public sector pension schemes in order to cancel future pension payments. These include:

  • Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • pension schemes for NHS staff, teachers, police and firefighters in Scotland
  • My Civil Service Pension
  • local authority pension schemes, except where Tell Us Once is not available
Where can I register?
Online Registration
0800 085 7308
Opening hours Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
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Testimonials

To Jeremy, Nathan, Brendon, Jon and the test of the team,

Thank you! for your friendly and efficient service, from when you first arrived to take dad into your care to the end of the funeral. We would definitely recommend you. Much appreciated.

Patricia and Michelle - December 2021
Hi Nathan

Just wanted to thank you for all your support leading up to Jill’s funeral. Your patience was so apparent and you helped me enormously. Also thank you to your father Jeremy who once again was so supportive. The whole team were so respectful and it was inspiring to watch the reverence you all displayed throughout the process of the funeral. I don’t live locally but if I did I would want Penrose to take my funeral.
Thank you all and I wish you all well.
Tricia (Celebrant) - June 2021

Dear Nathan,

Just wanted to say a Big Thank you to all of you, for your support and kindness to us all upon the death of our lovely dad Fred Bond. Could you please pass on a thank you to Jon Standard as well for the lovely service he gave.

We are all very grateful for everything you and the team did for us…Thank you

Annie, Mick, Tina, James and all the Bond family - February 2024

Thankyou all so much for looking after our dear dad, and for looking after us. You were caring, considerate and just so lovely.

Thank you for everything,

All good wishes,

Kerry and the Baxter Family - April 2022

Thank you so much for the way you dealt with my husband Dennis’ funeral. It was done with great dignity and respect and for your kindness!

Mandi Martin - October 2018

To Brendon, Jeremy and Nathan,

Thank you all so much for all the kindness and care, for looking after my lovely wife Margaret until the funeral.

Kind regards

Peter Shales - June 2022

To Brendon and all staff,

A quick note to thank you all for your care and attention with my sister’s funeral. Everything worked like clockwork and the deepest respect was given to both us and my sister. The webcam worked perfectly and my remaining sister was able to watch and say goodbye to her twin.

Again, many thanks for all that you did for us.

Paul and Paula Ch….. - July 2023

Dear Nathan,

A brief line to thank you, Jeremy and the team for your support and guidance since Audrey’s death. The funeral was managed perfectly for which we are most grateful.

Thank you

Yours

Ian Lawrence - April 2023
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