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Bereavement Payment

Find out more about Bereavement Payment.

1. What is a Bereavement Payment?

A Bereavement Payment is a one-off payment for widows, widowers or surviving civil partners whose spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2017.

If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead. 

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Age rules: You must be old enough to marry or enter into a civil partnership and must usually be below state pension age

Type of benefit: Non means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: JobCentre Plus

2. Can I get a Bereavement Payment?

You can get a Bereavement Payment if you were below state pension age when your partner died, and they died before 6 April 2017. If you were over state pension age, you may still get a Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner was not getting Basic State Pension or New State Pension when they died. If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you may be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment instead.

Bereavement Payments depend 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 a Bereavement Payment if you were divorced or if your civil partnership was dissolved or if you were living with someone else when your husband, wife or civil partner died. 

Updated April 2017

3. How much Bereavement Payment will I get?

A Bereavement Payment is a one-off payment of £2,000.

How will I be paid a Bereavement Payment?

A Bereavement Payment will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.

Bereavement Payment and other benefits

A Bereavement Payment counts as capital so it may affect other means-tested benefits you get.

4. 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.

5. How do I challenge a Bereavement Payment decision?

If you disagree with the decision made on your Bereavement Payment claim you can ask for a written statement of reasons. If you still believe the decision is wrong, for example due to incorrect information being used, you can ask for it to be looked at again, and/or appeal.

The time limits are strict, you will usually be given one month to dispute a decision, so it is important to seek advice and act quickly.

See the Gov.UK guidance on appealing a Bereavement Payment decision Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision (link opens in a new window)