You may be eligible for Bereavement Allowance if your husband, wife or civil partner has died before 6 April 2017 and you are over 45, below state pension age and you do not have dependent children.

BEREAVEMENT ALLOWANCE HAS BEEN REPLACED BY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENT.

If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.

However if your husband, wife or civil partner has died before 6 April 2017 and you are over 45, below state pension age and do not have dependant children you may still be eligible for Bereavement Allowance.

Bereavement Allowance can be paid for up to 52 weeks from the death of your husband, wife or civil partner.

To check whether you are eligible and how much you might receive go to the GOV.UK site.

In order to claim Bereavement Allowance, fill in the form that you can download at this link.

Alternatively, you can telephone Jobcentre Plus.

Bereavement Allowance can be backdated for up to three months – it does not matter why the claim is late.

Benefit Cap

Bereavement Allowance counts towards the Benefit Cap. If you’re affected, your Housing Benefit will go down to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get isn’t more than the cap level.

For details on the Benefits Cap follow this link.

Further Information

You can find out more about all the bereavement benefits you may be able to claim if your husband, wife or civil partner has died at the following links:

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