Bereavement Benefits

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | death & dying

Bereavement Payment
If your civil partner, partner or spouse has died, and had been paying National insurance contributions, you may be eligible for a Bereavement payment – this is a one-off untaxed payment of £2,000.

You may also be eligible if you spouse/partner/civil partner’s death was caused by their job.

To be eligible, you must be under state retirement age, or your dead spouse must not have been entitled to class A state retirement benefit at the time of death, you may be entitled to a Bereavement payment.

You must have been living with your partner/civil partner/spouse at the time of death.

The payment is made directly to you.

You apply on form BB1 which you can get from Jobcentre Plus or online at:

You must claim within 12 months of the bereavement.

Bereavement allowance

Bereavement allowance is for bereaved spouses or civil partners and may be paid for up to 52 weeks after the death of the husband/wife/civil partner.

You may be able to claim Bereavement Allowance if all of the following apply:
you are a widow/er or civil partner aged 45 or over when your spouse or civil partner died, but under pension age
you are not bringing up children
your late spouse or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease

You apply on form BB1 which you can get from Jobcentre Plus or online at:

You must apply within 3 months of the bereavement.

The amount you get depends on your age and the NI credits paid by the deceased, ranging from £31.79 per week (aged 45) to £105.95 (aged 55 up to pension age).

The amount you get may have an impact on other benefits if you are in receipt of Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Jobseeker’s, or Carer’s Allowance.

If you remarry or live with someone else you are no longer eligible.