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Bereavement Allowance

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.

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