Bereavement benefits: if you are under pension age

If your partner has died and you are under pension age

Bereavement Benefits: If you are under pension age and you were married to or have a civil partnership with someone who has died recently you may be able to claim one or more of the Bereavement Benefits listed below.

You will only qualify for these benefits if you were married to or had a civil partnership with the person who has died at the time of their death.

You can claim for them all on form BB1  available from your local Jobcentre Plus.

Bereavement payment: This is a one off payment of £2000.

You can get a Bereavement Payment if you are under pension age, your husband, wife or civil partner worked and paid the right amount of national insurance in any year before their death, and you claim within a year of their death. You can get the Bereavement Payment as well as one of the following two benefits. If you are over pension age you can claim this only if your husband, wife or civil partner was under pension age when they died or they were not claiming state pension.

Widowed Parents Allowance: If you are under pension age when your spouse died and you have a dependent child or children for whom you get Child Benefit, or you are pregnant with their child, you can claim Widowed Parents Allowance. This is a weekly benefit.

The amount you get depends on how much national insurance your spouse or civil partner paid. It is paid until your youngest child leaves school, you reach pension age, you remarry or enter into a civil partnership, whichever comes first.

You cannot get Widowed Parents Allowance while you are co-habiting. Widowed Parents Allowance cannot be paid together with certain other benefits; you will be paid the highest one. You can get Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you are working, it is not affected by the money you earn.

Bereavement Allowance: You can claim Bereavement Allowance if you are aged between 45 and pension age when your wife, husband or civil partner died. It is a weekly payment.

The amount you get will depend on the amount of national insurance your spouse or civil partner paid and your age when she or he died. It is paid for 52 weeks unless you get married or enter into a civil partnership before the 52 weeks end. You cannot get the benefit while you are co-habiting.

You can get the Bereavement Allowance if you are working, it is not affected by the money you earn. Bereavement Allowance cannot be paid together with some other benefits; you will be paid the highest one.

Also check the sections:

  • benefits for children living with you (link to page)
  • other benefits you could be entitled to (link to page)