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The Bereavement Allowance is a benefit for people whose spouse has passed away. It can be claimed up to 21 months after their death. It replaces the Widow’s Pension.
You can claim a lump sum then up to 18 monthly payments at one of the two following rates depending on whether or not you’re claiming (or eligible for) the Child Benefit. Those eligible claim the higher amount, those not claim the lower amount 👇
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To get the full 19 month allowance, you should claim within three months of your spouse’s death (sorry to be morbid…). The later you claim, the less you’ll be able to claim.
There are also certain conditions that affect your entitlement to the Bereavement Allowance:
And bear in mind, you’re not eligible to claim the allowance if you’re in prison. Not even if your spouse died before you went in.
If you’re based in the UK (unless you’re in Northern Ireland), you claim the Bereavement Allowance by either calling 0800 731 0469 or downloading a Bereavement Benefits pack (form BB1) and taking it to your local Jobcentre.
For those in Northern Ireland, take a look at your Bereavement Support options here. And if you’re abroad, you should call the International Pension Centre to apply.
You should keep in mind that the allowance is a taxable benefit. This means that if you file a Self Assessment, it will be included in your total income and you’ll pay Income Tax on it. You should also be aware of the fact that after a year of claiming it, the money you have left could affect your ability to claim another benefit.
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