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Bereavement Allowance - Can I get Bereavement Allowance?

Find out more about Bereavement Allowance.

Can I get Bereavement Allowance?

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017 and you do not have dependent children, you may be able to get Bereavement Allowance. If you have dependent children, you may be able to claim Widowed Parent's Allowance instead. If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you may be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment

Bereavement Allowance 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 Allowance if you are divorced, your civil partnership is dissolved or if you were living with someone else when your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Bereavement Allowance can be paid for up to 52 weeks from your husband, wife or civil partner's death but if you reach state pension age before the end of the 52 weeks, you will no longer qualify. 

 

Updated April 2017

 

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