Can I claim Bereavement Benefits?
Bereavement Payments are sometimes made to surviving spouses or civil partners, in the event of the other person’s death.
If you are eligible, you may receive a tax free sum of £2000 paid straight into your bank account.
To be considered eligible, your deceased spouse or civil partner must have been up to date with their National Insurance Contributions, or their death must have been caused by their job. Providing you are not currently of pensionable age and the deceased was not receiving Retirement Benefit when they died, you may be able to make a claim for Bereavement Benefit.
Be aware that should you receive this benefit it may reduce the amount you receive in Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing or Council Tax Benefit and Employment or Support Allowance.
Should you have been divorced from your spouse at the time of their death, had remarried or were in prison at the time, you will not be considered eligible.