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Bereavement Support Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died you may be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment to help ease some of the financial worries you may be facing.

What is Bereavement Support Payment?

Bereavement Support Payment is a welfare benefit that you may be able to claim if your husband, wife or civil partner has died. These benefits are not means-tested, so they are available to anyone regardles of their income level and can be paid whether or not you are working.

The system of claiming bereavement benefits has changed. Under the old system you were able to claim either Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow's Pension), Widowed Parent’s Allowance or Bereavement Payment. These have now been grouped together to form the Bereavement Support Payment.

If you're currently receiving Widowed Parent’s Allowance you will continue to do so at the rate of £122.55 as long as you're still receiving Child Benefit.

How much could I get?

Bereavement Support Payment consists of an initial lump sum payment of £2,500 (or, if you have children, £3,500) and a further 18 monthly instalments of £100 (or, if you're eligible for Child Benefit, £350).

These payments are not taxable and are disregarded in the benefit cap and when calculating entitlement to means-tested benefits.

Am I eligible to claim?

You can claim Bereavement Support Payment if:

  • the bereavement happened on or after 6 April 2017
  • you're under State Pension age
  • it's been under three months since the death

You will need to claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to get the full amount. However, you can still claim up to 21 months after their death, though this will result in you receiving fewer monthly payments.

How do I claim?

To apply, you can download a BSP1 form from GOV.UK or ask for one at your local Jobcentre Plus.

For help on how to claim, phone the Bereavement Service helpline on 0800 731 0469 (English) or 0800 731 0453 (Welsh).

Further help

For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 0300 303 44 98

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