If you’re widowed below the State Pension age and have at least one dependent child you could claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
You may get Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) if all the following apply:
- your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017
- you’re under State Pension age
- you’re entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child and your late husband, wife or civil partner was their parent
- your late husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease
You may also claim WPA if you’re pregnant and your husband has died, or you’re pregnant after fertility treatment and your civil partner has died.
If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.
You cannot claim WPA if you:
- were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner when they died
- remarry or are living with another person as if you’re married to them or as if you’ve formed a civil partnership
- were over State Pension age when you were widowed or became a surviving civil partner – you may be able to get extra State Pension
- are in prison
For more information including what you will get, how to claim and other useful information please go to the web link below.