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 all at Penrose

We can’t thank you enough for looking after Avril/mum/nan. Your kindness and respect will never be forgotten.

We appreciate the time you took to explain everything and the respect that was shown to Avril.

Thank you…Kind regards

Reg, Marie and Sam - December 2018

Without you all Boogie’s final journey wouldn’t have been the magical closing chapter of his wonderful life, you made it very special for us all.

Babs - February 2017

To Nathan and all the team at Penrose,

We would just like to say a big “Thank you” for the care and consideration you gave our dad, Alan. We really appreciated your assistance and attention to detail as this sad time. Your kind support and guidance was a huge help to us.

Many thanks again

The Winch Family - July 2017

I just want to say a huge thank you for allowing me to say hello and goodbye to my birth mother Pat W. I never gave up searching for her and really appreciate your help and understanding in allowing me to finish this so beautifully

Linda - Oct 2018

…and I wish to thank both Jeremy and Nathan for your help and courteousness throughout

Judith Hill - June 2017

Dear Nathan, my sister and I would like to thank you for all your help and advice after my dear mum, Joyce, passed away. The day was beautifully conducted by your staff and we are so thankful for that. The service sheet was so lovely, please thank your father for that.

- January 2017

Dear Nathan, Jeremy and everyone and Penrose,

Thank you so much for looking after my son – Thomas Street – while he was in your care. The past few weeks have been so distressing but you made organising the funeral so much easier than I thought it would be.

I am especially grateful for the visits that you organised for me, especially the final one. I am also very grateful to Jeremy for your kind words on the day of the service.

I am so pleased that we chose to bring Tom to you. You have made my darkest times a little brighter.

From

Claire – and all of Tom’s family - March 2020
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