Bereavement Support Payment

Bereavement Support Payment is a benefit paid to widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners who are bereaved on or after 6 April 2017

Who can get it?

Bereavement Support Payment is a benefit paid to widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners who are bereaved on or after 6 April 2017. It replaced Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Payment from 6 April 2017. If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017 then you may still continue to receive these benefits which Bereavement Support Payment has replaced.

Who pays it?

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Who is eligible?

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 and they had paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks before their death or died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work.

Also when they died you must have been:

You cannot claim Bereavement Support Payment if you are in prison.

What you will get?

You will get a first payment as a lump sum and then up to 18 monthly payments. There are two rates of payment:

  • Higher rate - £3500 first payment /£350 monthly payment
  • Lower rate -  £2500 first payment/ £100 monthly payment

You will be entitled to the higher rare if you get Child Benefit (or if you do not get it but are entitled to it). If you do not get Child Benefit you will get the lower rate unless you were pregnant when your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Making a claim?

You must claim within 3 months of your husband, wife or civil partner's death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after the death of your husband, wife or civil partner but your payments will be less.

How is it claimed?

You can print and download the claim form here. Alternatively you can call the Bereavement Service helpline on 0800 731 0469 and male the claim over the phone.

Any age limits?

As explained above you must have been under State Pension age when your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Is it National Insurance based?
Yes, unless  your spouse's or civil partner's death arose from industrial accident or disease. 

Is it means-tested?

No.

How long does it last?
Up to 18 months.

Any effect on other benefits?

The Bereavement Support Payment will not affect your benefits for a year after your first lump sum payment. After a year any payment you have left over from this lump sum could affect the amount of benefit you're eligible for. You should tell your benefits office (for example your local Jobcentre Plus) when you start getting Bereavement Support Payment.

What to do if you are unhappy with the decision?

1. You can request for the decision to be looked at again - this is known as a 'mandatory reconsideration.'

You need to ask the DWP for a mandatory reconsideration within one month of receiving your decision and you must provide reasons as to why you are asking for the reconsideration.

2. If you are still unhappy following the mandatory reconsideration decision you can make an appeal, which must be lodged within one month, directly to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

 

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions.


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