At 'council's expense' means 'paid for by taxpayers' who will also have to pay for their own funerals. Let's get this into perspective, does the poor oppressed council taxpayer have to foot the bill for everybody who has not bothered to save up for anything at all?
How can the majority save in this recession .... have you lost the plot! altogether!
The people look after the people and am sure if you asked most of em they wouldn't mind at all.
So let the tax payer foot the bill and we`ll keep toppin up your pension and "god forbid" other care you may need later on.