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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. Be aware that if your partner died before 30th August 2018 or after 9th February 2023, you may be eligible to a lower amount.
Here are the other 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 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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