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:
When the deceased spouse or civil partner died, the claimant must be:
It is not possible to claim Bereavement Support Payment from prison.
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
|Monthly payment up to 18 months||£350 x 18 months = £6,300|
|Monthly payment up to 18 months||£100 x 18 months = £1,800|
Somebody who is not married or in a civil partnership is not eligible for bereavement support payments.
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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