Bereavement Support Payments

Published  08 February 2022
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Bereavement Support Payment replaced Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Payment. The benefit is paid at one of two rates depending on whether the claimant is responsible for children.

Key facts

  • May be able to claim if a spouse or civil partner died in the last 21 months. This may be extended if the cause of death was confirmed more than 21 months after death.
  • The benefits must be claimed within 3 months of death to get the full amount. 
  • The spouse or civil partner must be below State Pension age to claim.
  • A lump sum is paid followed by monthly payments for up to 18 months.
  • Payments may be higher if there are children.


To be eligible for the Bereavement Support Payment the claimant needs to be the husband, wife or civil partner of somebody who died on or after 6 April 2017. The claimant must be below State Pension age to claim. They will be eligible if their spouse or civil partner either:

  • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since 6 April 1975 during their working life
  • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work

When the deceased spouse or civil partner died, the claimant must be:

It is not possible to claim Bereavement Support Payment from prison.

How much can be claimed?

If a claim is made within 3 months of the death of the spouse or civil partner the maximum bereavement benefits are:

With children or pregnant when their spouse of civil partner died

Benefit Amount paid
One-off payment £3,500
Monthly payment up to 18 months £350 x 18 months = £6,300
Total £9,800

Without children

Benefit Amount paid
One-off payment £2,500 
Monthly payment up to 18 months £100 x 18 months = £1,800
Total £4,300

Somebody who is not married or in a civil partnership is not eligible for bereavement support payments.

Other benefits

Bereavement Support Payment will not affect any other state benefits for a year after the first payment. After a year, any payment left over could affect the amount of other state benefits.

Claimants must tell their benefits office once they start getting Bereavement Support Payments.




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