You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.
You could be eligible if your partner either:
When they died you must have been:
You’ll get a larger first payment followed by up to 18 monthly payments. The amount depends on your circumstances.
|Circumstance||First payment||Monthly payment|
|You have children under 20 in full-time education||£3,500||£350|
|You don’t have children under 20 in full-time education||£2,500||£100|
You must claim within 3 months of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after but your payments will be less.
Your payments will be paid into your bank or building society account.
Bereavement Support Payment won’t affect your benefits for a year after your first payment. After a year, any payment you have left over could affect the amount of benefit you’re eligible for.
You must tell your benefits office (for example, your local Jobcentre Plus) when you start getting Bereavement Support Payment.
How you apply depends on where you are.
You can apply using a form or by phone.
Take the completed form to your local Jobcentre Plus or send it to:
Bereavement Support Payment
Mail Handling Site A
Bereavement Service helpline
Telephone: 0345 606 0265
Textphone: 0345 606 0285
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
You can apply by phone.
International Pension Centre
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 218 7608
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45