Bereavement benefits section

BEREAVEMENT leave on the death

There are three different types of bereavement benefit:

  • A £2, 000 lump sum Bereavement Payment. Someone over pension age is only eligible for this payment if their husband or wife had not reached pension age or had not started drawing their state pension before they died. For further information, visit the Bereavement Payment section of .
  • A Bereavement Allowance, which is a taxable weekly benefit paid to you for up to 52 weeks from the date of death of your husband, wife or civil partner if you are aged between 45 years and State Pension age. For further information, visit the Bereavement Allowance section of www.gov.uk.
  • A Widowed Parent's Allowance, for people with dependent children. For further information, visit the Widowed Parent's Allowance section of www.gov.uk.

Am I Eligible for a Bereavement Benefit?

All of these bereavement benefits depend on the amount of National Insurance contributions made by the deceased, unless they died as a result of an industrial accident or a prescribed industrial disease.

When someone reaches pension age, they may be able to claim a State Pension based on their late spouse's National Insurance contributions, or use his or her record of contributions to increase any pension they are entitled to in their own right. Women widowed before 9 April 2001 may be receiving Widow's Pension, which can be paid until they reach 65 years old.

How do I Apply for a Bereavement Benefit?

You can talk to someone about all of the benefits you may be entitled to at an independent advice service. Newcastle Welfare Rights Service, the Citizen's Advice Bureau and Age UK Newcastle can help you with this. Please see the right hand side of this page for their contact detials.

Where can I get benefits advice?

You can talk to someone the benefits you may be entitled to at an independent advice service such as

As an older person, finding out which benefits you may be entitled to, and the impact they may have on other benefits, is not always straightforward. There is a huge amount of information available about benefits, but this can be overwhelming or confusing. We would always advise you to seek advice from an independent advice service, who will be able to look at your individual situation and guide you through the applications process.

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