What is the Bereavement Allowance?
The Bereavement Allowance (previously known as Widow's Pension) is a weekly, taxable payment that you may be entitled to for up to a year after the death of a husband, wife or civil partner.
Am I eligible?
You may get Bereavement Allowance if all the following apply:
- your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017
- you were 45 or over when your husband, wife or civil partner died
- you’re under State Pension age
- your late husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease
If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.
You will not get Bereavement Allowance if you:
- are bringing up children - you can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance instead
- remarry or form a new civil partnership
- live with another person as if you’re married or in a civil partnership
- were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner before their death
- 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.