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Bereavement Allowance

The Bereavement Allowance is a benefit for people whose husband, wife, or civil partner has passed away. It replaces the Widow’s Pension.

What you can claim is affected by a few factors:

  • Your age
  • Your living arrangements
  • Whether you are bringing up children
  • Whether your husband, wife, or civil partner paid enough National Insurance during their working lives

Read more about the factors affecting the Bereavement Allowance.

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.

To claim the Bereavement Allowance, either call 0800 731 0469 or download a Bereavement Benefits pack (form BB1) and take it to your local Jobcentre.

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