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Bereavement Benefits

The current bereavement benefits scheme applies to both men and women widowed on or after 9 April 2001. Payment of bereavement benefits depends upon your late spouse's National Insurance record. From 5 December 2005, if you are in receipt of bereavement benefit and you form a Civil Partnership, or are living together as a couple with a same-sex partner, you need to contact the office that is dealing with your benefit.

Bereavement benefits include Bereavement Payment, Widowed Parent's Allowance and Bereavement Allowance. All of these benefits are contributory.

Bereavement Payment

An immediate tax-free lump sum payment of £2,000 if you are widowed before State Pension age or your late spouse was not entitled to a Category A State Pension (i.e. a pension based on his or her own National Insurance contributions).

Further information can be found on The Pension Service Website.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Paid from bereavement if you have a qualifying child or are expecting your late husband’s baby. Child Dependency increases are paid for each child.

An Additional Pension that is an earnings-related benefit and can be paid with Widowed Parent's Allowance. It is not paid with new claims for Bereavement Allowance.

Further information can be found on The Pension Service Website.

Bereavement Allowance

Paid to widows and widowers aged 45 and over without dependent children. It is payable for 52 weeks from the date of widowhood. The amount payable is dependent on your age at widowhood or cessation of Widowed Parents Allowance. The full rate of Bereavement Allowance is reduced by 7% for each year you are under 55 when you qualify for the benefit. For example if you are aged 53 at widowhood you would have the full rate of Bereavement Allowance reduced by 14%.

Further information can be found on The Pension Service Website.