Bereavement benefits, grants or other financial support

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

You may get Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) if all the following apply:

  • your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017
  • you’re under State Pension age
  • you’re entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child and your late husband, wife or civil partner was their parent
  • your late husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease

You may also claim WPA if you’re pregnant and your husband has died, or you’re pregnant after fertility treatment and your civil partner has died.

You can’t claim WPA if you:

  • were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner when they died
  • remarry or are living with another person as if you’re married to them or as if you’ve formed a civil partnership
  • 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

The amount you get is based on how much your late husband, wife or civil partner paid in National Insurance contributions. In some cases, you may be entitled to an additional pension. The maximum Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) is £113.70 a week.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died as a result of an industrial accident or disease, you may claim WPA even if they didn’t pay National Insurance contributions.

You can get WPA until you stop being entitled to Child Benefit. If your WPAends within 52 weeks of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death, you may be able to get Bereavement Allowance for the rest of the 52 weeks.

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 telephone 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.

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

If you’re getting any of the following benefits, your payments may change if you get Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA):

 

Your JobCentre Plus adviser will explain how this works.

How WPA is paid

WPA is paid into an account, eg your bank account.

What to do if your circumstances change

You must tell Dover Benefit Centre if you:

  • stop being entitled to Child Benefit
  • remarry or form a civil partnership
  • start to live with a partner as husband or wife, or as if you had formed a civil partnership

 

Dover Benefit Centre
0345 608 8601

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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