Bereavement benefits for Pension

£2, bereavement payment

Benefits for bereaved people include: Bereavement Payment which is a one-off lump sum; Widowed Parent's Allowance, for bereaved parents with children; Bereavement Allowance, for bereaved people aged 45 or over. Some people on a low income with responsibilities for arranging a funeral can get a Funeral Payment.

Note: this leaflet gives a summary of benefits for bereaved people and is for guidance only. It does not cover all situations, nor is it a full statement of the law. If you are not sure if you qualify, then seek expert advice. See the end of the leaflet for sources of advice.

Until December 2005 you could only get bereavement benefits if you were married to the deceased person. From December 2005 people who were in a civil partnership also qualified.

Who qualifies for a Bereavement Payment?

You can get Bereavement Payment if your late partner (husband, wife or civil partner) paid appropriate National Insurance contributions, or if his or her death was caused by their job. If you are over the state pensionable age at the time of your partner's death, your deceased partner must not have been entitled to a category A Retirement Pension.

Bereavement Payment is £2, 000 tax-free (April 2013). Payment is usually made directly into a bank account, building society account, Post Office account, or National Savings account. You should claim within 12 months of your partner's death.

Who qualifies for Widowed Parent's Allowance?

You can get Widowed Parent's Allowance if:

  • Your late partner paid appropriate National Insurance contributions, or if his or her death was caused by their job.
  • And you have one or more children for whom you receive (or could receive) Child Benefit, or you are a woman expecting your late partner's baby.
  • And you were under state pension age when your partner died.

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