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Bereavement Support Payment - How much Bereavement Support Payment will I get?

Bereavement Support Payment is a benefit paid to widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners who are bereaved on or after 6 April 2017.

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.

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