Renfrewshire Council

Bereavement benefits

Bereavement Allowance

Bereavement Allowance is a weekly benefit paid for 52 weeks after the death of a husband, wife or civil partner.

To qualify you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must be aged 45 or over when your spouse or civil partner died, but under State Pension age.
  • You must not have responsibility for children.
  • Your late spouse or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease. You will be asked details of their recent employment history.
  • You must not be divorced from your late spouse or your civil partnership dissolved.
  • You must not be living with another person as if you are married to them or as if you have formed a civil partnership.
  • You are not in prison.

The amount of Bereavement Allowance you will receive depends on your age at your spouse or civil partner's death and the overall level of their National Insurance Contributions.

Any Bereavement Allowance paid to you may affect other benefits that you receive. Please seek further advice.

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Widowed Parent's Allowance is paid if you have a child who you receive Child Benefit for, and your spouse or civil partner has died.

To qualify you must meet the following conditions:

You are under State Pension age.

You receive Child Benefit for a child or young person or you are pregnant with your late husband's baby or your late civil partner's baby (with whom you are pregnant from fertility treatment).

  • Your late spouse or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease.
  • You must not be divorced from your late spouse or your civil partnership dissolved.
  • You must not be living with another person as if you are married to them or as if you have formed a civil partnership.
  • You are not in prison.

Any Widowed Parent's Allowance paid to you may affect other benefits that you receive. Please seek further advice.

Bereavement payment

 

Bereavement Payment is a one-off, lump sum payment which may be paid if your spouse or civil partner dies.

To qualify you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are under State Pension age.
  • Your spouse or civil partner was not entitled to Category A State Retirement Pension when they died.
  • Your spouse or civil partner's recent employment history and National Insurance Contributions will be considered to work out if you qualify.
  • You must not be divorced from your late spouse or your civil partnership dissolved.
  • You must not be living with another person as if you are married to them or as if you have formed a civil partnership.
  • You are not in prison.

The amount of a Bereavement Payment is £2,000.

The one-off Bereavement Payment does not generally affect your entitlement to other benefits however you should seek advice.

Funeral payment

 

A Funeral Expenses Payment can be claimed if you or your partner take responsibility for the costs of a funeral of a close relative or friend and you are receiving a qualifying benefit. However, you must check that there are no other relatives or friends who are not in receipt of a qualifying benefit as this may prevent you receiving the payment.

Qualifying benefits: Housing Benefit, Income- Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (if more than just the Family element) or Working Tax Credit (if this includes a Disability or Severe Disability Element).

Amount: This should be the cost of providing a simple funeral.

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