I assume that when you refer to your parents they are your natural parents but foster parents for your “brother”.
Unfortunately, what you have been told with regard to who has the rights to arrange the funeral etc is correct. The liability for this comes down on the toe of the natural parents or if they have no assets, the local authority.
With regard to the arrangements and costs of the funeral, whoever arranges it is liable to pay although ultimately they are able to recoup the money from the deceased’s estate if the deceased left any money. Funeral costs take precedence over all other claims on the estate.
If you arrange the funeral, you would be faced with paying the bill and then recovering it.
If the deceased left no money, and you didn’t want to pay for the funeral, then contact the local authority before instructing the funeral director assuming that the natural parents are happy to let whoever is arranging it, go ahead.
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