Bereavement benefits can be paid to someone whose husband, wife or civil partner has died.
Currently, co-habiting couples are not eligible for bereavement benefits.
If your partner died on or before 5 April 2017, you may be getting one of the following benefits:
- Bereavement Payment – a tax-free bereavement payment of £2,000.
- Bereavement Allowance – a weekly payment of between £35.13 and £117.10 for people who were aged 45 and over, but under State Pension age, when their partner died.
- Widowed Parent's Allowance – a weekly payment of up to £117.10 for people who have children or young adults and are receiving Child Benefit.
If you are making a new claim and your partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you will need to apply for Bereavement Support Payment.
If you claim Bereavement Support Payment, it is important to know the following:
- You need to apply within 3 months after the death of your husband, wife, or civil partner, or you may not receive the full amount.
- It 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.