Bereavement Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

You might be able to claim Bereavement Allowance (previously known as Widow’s Pension) if you’re widowed between 45 and State Pension age.

You can get it for up to 52 weeks from the date your husband, wife or civil partner died.

Eligibility
You may get Bereavement Allowance if all the following apply: 
  •    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
 
You won’t 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
The amount you get depends on: 
  •    the overall level of your husband, wife or civil partner’s National Insurance contributions
  •    your age at the time of their death
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