Bereavement Benefits

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died, you may be able to claim bereavement benefits.

Bereavement Payment is a tax-free lump sum of around £2000 which you can claim if
•    your civil partner, husband or wife paid National Insurance contributions
•    you were under state pension age when they died or your wife, husband or civil partner was not entitled to Category A State Pension when they died.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance of around £100 a week is paid if you have dependent children and your partner has died. It is payable until your youngest child leaves full-time education or you co-habit with someone else. You can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance if:
•    you’re under state pension age
•    your wife, husband or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions
•    you’re receiving Child Benefit.
The amount you get depends on the National Insurance contributions paid by your partner and is taxable.  The scale is from around £30 – £100 a week.

Bereavement Allowance is a weekly amount paid for 52 weeks from the date you were bereaved if:
•    your husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions
•    you were under state pension age when they died.
The amount of Bereavement Allowance you get depends on your age and your partner’s National Insurance contribution record, and it is taxable.



Bereavement Benefits can be claimed on a BB1 form which can be downloaded:

Or you can ring the Bereavement Service helpline 0345 606 0265 (textphone 0345 606 0285)

If you need help with the forms, please speak to your Dorothy House worker or contact the Welfare Advice Team.

If you receive Bereavement Allowance or Widowed Parent’s Allowance, your tax code may need to be amended if there is an increase in your taxable income.  This should happen automatically – see link below –


Bereavement Benefits from April 2017

Bereavement Support Payment
Bereavement Support Payment is a new benefit which will replace Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance for those whose spouse or civil partner dies on or after 6 April 2017.

These changes will not affect those already in receipt of bereavement benefits, who will continue to receive their current benefit for the natural lifetime of the award.

Bereavement Support Payment

  • will not be taxable
  • will not be included in the assessment of benefit income which will be subject to the household benefit cap
  • will be subject to a disregard in the calculation of income-based benefits.

Additionally, Bereavement Support Payment will not affect the bereaved person’s concurrent entitlement to contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

Unlike the current bereavement benefits, a bereaved person who remarries or re-partners will be able to keep their Bereavement Support Payment.


Other benefits information

If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, this will continue to be paid for eight weeks after your bereavement.

If you receive Child Benefit and your wife has died, you will need to reclaim it as the claims in your late wife’s name will be closed.

If  you receive any letters from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about overpayments of someone’s benefits after they have died, you are not obliged to pay these as they are a debt of his/her estate.   The Welfare Advice Team can write to the DWP on your behalf advising that the monies were used towards funeral costs.

Tell us Once Service

If you use the Tell us once service they can put you through to the claim line.

The Tell Us Once service lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. When you register the death the registrar will:
•    let you know if the service is available in your area
•    give you the phone number
•    give you a unique reference number to use the Tell Us Once service online or by phone.