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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.

1. What is 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.

It replaces Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Payment for people whose husband or wife died on or after 6 April 2017.  

It consists of an initial lump-sum followed by up to 18 monthly instalments.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you may be able to claim  Widowed Parent's Allowance instead.

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Age rules: You must be old enough to marry or enter into a civil partnership and be below state pension age

Type of benefit: Non means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: JobCentre Plus

 

April 2018
 

2. Can I get Bereavement Support Payment?

If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment.
 
If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017 you may be able to claim Widowed Parents Allowance instead.

Bereavement Support Payment depends on the national insurance contributions of your husband, wife or civil partner. It does not matter if you have not paid national insurance contributions yourself. If your husband, wife or civil partner died because of an industrial injury, their national insurance contributions might not matter.

You cannot get Bereavement Support Payment if you were divorced, your civil partnership was dissolved, or you were living with someone else when your husband, wife or civil partner died. 

Bereavement Support Payment can be paid for up to 18 months from your husband, wife or civil partner's death but if you reach state pension age before the end of the 18 months, you will no longer qualify. 

 

April 2018

3. How much Bereavement Support Payment will I get?

There are two rates of Bereavement Support Payment: A higher rate and a standard rate. You receive one or the other.

Higher Rate Bereavement Support Payment

You are entitled to the higher rate if you were pregnant at the time your late spouse or civil partner died.

Or

You had a child living with you at the time your late spouse or civil partner died.

If you are entitled to the higher rate you will receive an initial lump sum of £3,500 followed by up to 18 monthly payments of £350

Standard Rate Bereavement Support Payment

If you are not entitled to the higher rate, you receive the standard rate instead. 

The standard rate is an initial lump-sum payment of £2,500 followed by up to 18 monthly instalments of £100.

How much Bereavement Support Payment you could get depends on how old you are when your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Bereavement Support Payment and Other Benefits

Bereavement Support Payment is ignored as income for working out entitlement to other benefits.

Benefit Cap

Bereavement Support Payment will not be included as income for the Benefit Cap.

 

 

Updated April 2018

4. How do I claim Bereavement Support Payment?

England, Scotland and Wales

Telephone claim

DWP Bereavement Service:

 Tel: 0800 731 0469

 Textphone: 0800 731 0464

 Tel: 0800 731 0453 (Welsh)

 Textphone: 0800 731 0456 (Welsh).

Paper claim

Download a claim form from the Gov.UK website

Telephone Jobcentre Plus for a claim form:

 Telephone: 0800 055 6688

 Textphone: 0800 023 4888

 Welsh language line: 0800 012 1888

Northern Ireland

Telephone claim

NI Bereavement Service: 0800 085 2463

Paper claim

Download a claim form from the NI Direct website

Telephone your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office

What documents will I need to claim Bereavement Support Payment?

You must send originals of the following documents to support your claim (or show them at your local Jobcentre Plus office):

• Your birth certificate

• Your marriage or civil partnership certificate

• Your husband's, wife's or civil partner's certificate of registration of death

 If you do not have this evidence, you should not delay claiming.

When will my Bereavement Support Payment claim begin?

Your claim will start on the date your spouse or civil partner died if your claim is received at the benefit office within three months from the date you are bereaved.

If three months or more have passed since your spouse or civil partner died, the date of claim will be backdated three months from the date your form is received at the benefit office.

If more than 18 months have passed since your spouse or civil partner has died and you have not made a claim, you will not be entitled to receive a bereavement support payment.

Change of circumstances

Payment will continue even if you re-marry, enter a civil partnership or start cohabiting .

You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.

 

Updated: March 2018