Bereavement benefits, grants or other financial support

Bereavement Allowance

Bereavement Allowance is a weekly benefit for widows, widowers, or surviving civil partners whose spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2017.

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 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

What you’ll get

You can get Bereavement Allowance for up to 52 weeks from the date your husband, wife or civil partner died. The amount you get depends on:

Your age at your husband, wife or civil partner’s death Maximum weekly rate
45 years old £34.11
46 years old £42.07
47 years old £50.03
48 years old £57.99
49 years old £65.95
50 years old £73.91
51 years old £81.86
52 years old £89.82
53 years old £97.78
54 years old £105.74
55 years old to State Pension age £113.70

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.

How to claim

You can apply using a form or by phone.

Apply using a form

Download a Bereavement Benefits pack (form BB1) or order it over the phone from your local Jobcentre Plus.

The pack has notes to help you fill in the claim form.

Take the completed form to your local Jobcentre Plus or send it to:

Dover Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1LA

Alternative formats

Call the Bereavement Service helpline to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

Claims can only be backdated 3 months and are dated when the office gets them.

Apply by phone

Call the Bereavement Service helpline.

Bereavement Service helpline
Telephone: 0345 606 0265

Textphone: 0345 606 0285

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Effect on other benefits

Once you get Bereavement Allowance, payments may change if you’re getting any of the following:

Your JobCentre Plus adviser will explain how this works.

How Bereavement Allowance is paid

Bereavement Allowance is usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.

What to do if your circumstances change

You must tell the office that deals with your payments if you:

  • remarry
  • form a new civil partnership
  • start living with someone as if you’re married or in a civil partnership
  • start claiming Child Benefit

 

Dover Benefit Centre
0345 608 8601
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Dover Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1LA

Appeal a decision

You can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision. You must usually ask for ‘mandatory reconsideration’ before you appeal.

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