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Bereavement Support Payment - Can I get 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.

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 accident at work or a disease caused by their work, you might be able to get Bereavement Support Payment even if they didn't have an adequate National Insurance record.

You cannot get Bereavement Support Payment if you were divorced or your civil partnership was dissolved 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. 

 

June 2021

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