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