You may be eligible for Widowed Parent’s Allowance if your husband, wife or civil partner has died before 6 April 2017.


If you’re a parent and 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 the cause of death has just been confirmed you may still be eligible for Widows Parent Alowance.

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

In order to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance, fill in the form that you can download at this link

Alternatively, you can telephone Jobcentre Plus.

Backdated payments for Widowed Parent’s Allowance

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

Bereaved parents who lost their partner between 9 April 2001 and 8 February 2023 may be eligible for backdated government payments.

Further information on backdated payments is available from GOV.UK.

More information on Windowed Parent's Allowance is available at:

Benefit Cap

Widowed Parent’s 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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