To get Bereavement Support Payment, you must have been under State Pension age when your partner died.
You could be eligible if your husband, wife or civil partner either:
- paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in any one tax year
- died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work.
If you are already claiming Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance or Widowed Parent's Allowance, you will continue to get that benefit in the same way as before.
You can find out more about these older benefits at gov.uk
In Scotland, if your relationship with the person who has died was established before 4 May 2006, you may be able to get bereavement benefits, even if you were not married or in a civil partnership.
You cannot get any bereavement benefits if you were divorced from your husband or wife when they died, or you and your civil partner had ended your civil partnership. You cannot claim bereavement benefits if you remarry, or register another civil partnership.