Bereavement benefits

Bereavement benefits can be paid to someone whose husband, wife or civil partner has died.

Until recently, there were three types of bereavement benefit: Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance, and Widowed Parent's Allowance. But this has now changed.

From April 2017, a new benefit called Bereavement Support Payment will replace the older bereavement benefits for anyone making a new claim. To get this new benefit, you must have been under state pension age when your partner died.

If you claim this new benefit:

  • You will be paid for 18 months after the death of your husband, wife, or civil partner. This is to help pay for additional costs resulting from their death.
  • The amount you can get will depend on the National Insurance contributions your partner made.
  • You will not be affected by the benefit cap.

If you are already claiming Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance or Widowed Parent's Allowance, you will not be affected by this change. You will continue to get that benefit in the same way as before.

How much you could get

How much bereavement benefit you could get depends on whether you have children.

If you have children, you will get an initial payment of £3,500. This will be followed by monthly payments of £350. You can get these monthly payments for up to 18 months.

If you do not have children, you will get an initial payment of £2,500. This will be followed by monthly payments of £100. Again, you can get these monthly payments for up to 18 months.

Other support

You may also be able to get help towards funeral costs if you get certain benefits. Speak to a welfare rights adviser for advice.

How to claim

Details of how to claim bereavement benefits are on a BD8 form. When you register your partner’s death, the registrar should give you this form. If you are not given the form, you can ask for it. If there is an inquest, the coroner can also give you this information.

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