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Bereavement Payment - How do I claim a Bereavement Payment?

Find out more about Bereavement Payment.

How do I claim a Bereavement Payment?

If you are getting Basic State Pension or New State Pension when your husband, wife or civil partner dies, you do not need to make a claim for a Bereavement Payment. As long as you meet the other conditions you will automatically get a Bereavement Payment when you notify the benefits office of your partner's death.

Otherwise, the one off payment must be claimed within twelve months of the death.

England and Wales

Telephone Claim

DWP Bereavement Service:
Tel: 0345 606 0265
Textphone: 0345 606 0285
Tel: 0345 606 0275 (Welsh)
Textphone: 0345 606 0295 (Welsh).

Paper Claim

Download a claim form from the Gov.UK website (link opens in a new window)

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

Northern Ireland Bereavement Service: 0800 085 2463.

Paper Claim

Download a claim form from the NI Direct website (link opens in a new window)

Phone your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office (link opens in a new window) for a claim form

What documents will I need to claim a Bereavement 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.

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