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Bereavement Benefits

Changes to benefits after bereavement

Significant changes to bereavement benefits were introduced from April 2017.  A new Bereavement Support Payment has replaced Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance.

New Claims

Bereavement Support Payment

Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) will be introduced for new claims from April 2017.

f you have children you can receive an initial payment of £3,500 and up to 18 subsequent monthly payments of £350; if you don't have children the initial payment is £2,500 followed by up to 18 monthly instalments of £100.

BSP is not taxable and isn't included, for the purposes of working out if you are impacted by the Benefit Cap. Also, it does not affect your entitlement to Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

To be eligible you must have been married or in a civil partnership.  Unlike the current bereavement benefits, if you remarry or re-partner will be able to keep your BSP.

You must claim within 3 months of your husband, wife or civil partner's death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after but your payments will be less.

You can find more information about BSP here.

Claims made before April 2017

Bereavement Support Payment has replaced the benefits below; however, if you made a claim before 6th April 2017, or one of these benefits was in payment, then you will continue to receive them whilst you remain eligible.

Bereavement Payment 

You can find more information about Bereavement Payment here.

Widow's Parent's Allowance

You can find more information about WPA here.

Bereavement Allowance

You can find more information about Bereavement Allowance here.