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Benefits

If you’re married or in a registered civil partnership and your partner dies, you may be able to get extra financial help. These benefits are called bereavement benefits. 

Bereavement allowance

This is a weekly benefit for widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners. It can be paid for up to a year from your partner's death, but if you reach state pension age before the end of those 52 weeks, you will no longer qualify. 

The amount you receive will depend on how old you are when your partner dies. 

Bereavement payment

This is a £2,000 lump sum, paid in the event of the death of your spouse or civil partner. It is usually payable where sufficient National Insurance contributions have been paid. 

You can get a Bereavement Payment if you are below state pension age when your partner dies. However, if you are over state pension age, you may still get a bereavement payment if your husband, wife or civil partner was not getting a State Pension.    

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

This is a weekly benefit for widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners who have a dependant child or are pregnant. 

Widowed Parent's Allowance depends on the National Insurance contributions of your partner. It does not matter if you have not paid National Insurance contributions yourself. 

You cannot get Widowed Parent's Allowance if you were divorced or if your civil partnership was dissolved or if you were living with someone else when your husband, wife or civil partner died. It is paid until you stop getting Child Benefit.

Bereavement Support Payment

The Bereavement Support Payment has replaced the previous system of bereavement benefits as of 6 April 2017. This will only apply to new claims.

The change is designed to focus support on the 12 month period following a bereavement. A Bereavement Support Payment will not affect benefit entitlement and will not be included within the benefit cap. 

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