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  • Cost of Living

    Find out what help may be available to you through benefits, grants and other sources of support. On 26 May 2022, the government announced extra help with the cost of living. You can read about the extra support in our guide about the help package.It is still worth using the ...

  • How much Bereavement Payment will I get?

    A Bereavement Payment is a one-off payment of £2,000. A Bereavement Payment will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or  through the Payment Exception Service if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account. A Bereave...

  • 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 ...

  • What is a Funeral Payment?

    If you are in receipt of certain benefits and need help to pay for a funeral you are arranging, you may be eligible for help through a Funeral Payment. If you are paying for the funeral of a child under 18 or a stillborn child and the funeral took place in England, you may be...

  • Can I get a Funeral Payment?

    You qualify for a Funeral Payment if you, or your partner, are getting one of the following benefits:Universal CreditIncome Supportincome-related Employment and Support Allowanceincome-based Jobseeker’s AllowancePension Credit (guarantee or savings credit)Housing Benefit  Wor...

  • How much Funeral Payment will I get?

    There is no fixed sum for a Funeral Payment. A Funeral Payment can cover: Necessary burial or cremation fees The cost of documents needed for the release of the money, savings and property of the person who has died Part of the cost of moving the body to a place of rest (if i...

  • How do I claim a Funeral Payment?

    You must claim a Funeral Payment within six months of the funeral taking place. DWP Bereavement Service: Tel: 0800 731 0469 Textphone: 0800 731 0464 Tel: 0800 731 0453 (Welsh) Textphone: 0800 731 0456 (Welsh). Download a claim form from the Gov. UK website Northern Ireland...

  • How do I challenge a Funeral Payment decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your Funeral 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. This is called a ma...

  • How do I challenge a Widowed Parent's Allowance decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your Widowed Parent’s Allowance 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 ap...

  • How much Income Support will I get?

    It is complicated to work out how much Income Support you might get. Your income from different sources is added up and compared against what the government considers your needs are. Your needs will depend on your family circumstances, for example:How old you areIf you live a...