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Bereavement Support Payment - What is Bereavement Support Payment?

Bereavement Support Payment is paid to widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners.

What is 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.

It replaces Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Payment for people whose husband or wife died on or after 6 April 2017.  

It consists of an initial lump-sum followed by up to 18 monthly instalments.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you may be able to claim  Widowed Parent's Allowance instead.

The law is being changed to allow unmarried parents to claim. The law is likely to come into effect in early 2022, and will be backdated to 30 August 2018.

Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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

Type of benefit: Non means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Jobcentre Plus

Nov 2021
 

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