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Bereavement Payment

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 1 Apr 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Bereavement bereavement Payment

Bereavement Payment or what used to be called Widow’s Payment, is a one-off lump sum of £2,000 that may be paid to qualifying bereaved individuals. Before this payment can be made, certain criteria must be met. This payment will not need to be repaid, however it will only be paid once. Bereavement Payment is not an on-going benefit.

Qualifying for Bereavement Payment
There are certain eligibility requirements for Bereavement Payment. Applicants must be the husband, wife or civil partner of the deceased and the deceased must have paid National Insurance contributions. If the deceased did not make National Insurance contributions, then his or her death must have been caused by their job. In addition, the deceased must not have qualified for Category A State Retirement Benefit at the time of his or her death. The applicant must also have been under the age of qualifying for State Pension (60 years of age for women, 65 years of age for men) at the time of the death. Applicants who were divorced at the time of the death, living with someone else at the time of the death or were in prison at the time of the death will not be eligible for Bereavement Payment.

Applying for Bereavement Payment

Bereavement Payment applications may be made within 12 months (one year) of the death. Applications may be made via form BB1 from the Department for Work and Pensions or by ordering a Bereavement Benefits pack from the local Jobcentre Plus or social security office. This pack will include all information necessary to complete an application. Proof of all information entered onto the form may be needed, such as the applicant’s identity, the deceased’s employment and/or National Insurance contributions, and/or cause of death (for example, if it was caused while on the job). Official documents will likely be needed to confirm this information. All completed applications should then be sent back to the Jobcentre Plus or social security office in order for a decision to be made regarding eligibility and approval for Bereavement Payment. If an application is denied, the applicant does have the right to ask for a re-calculation or to officially appeal the decision.

Receiving Bereavement Payment

If all of the eligibility criteria are met and an application for Bereavement Payment is approved, it will be paid as a one-off lump sum of £2,000 that is exempt from tax. This amount will be paid via direct deposit/Direct Payment to the applicant’s bank account, building society account, Post Office account or National Savings account. While this payment will not likely affect the receipt of other benefits, it will boost the applicant’s total savings and therefore may cause the amount of any means-tested benefits to be reduced. This may include Income Support, (income based) Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax.

Bereavement Payment, a one-off, tax-free lump sum of £2,000 may be granted to individuals who qualify for this assistance. Qualification for Bereavement Payment depends upon the applicant’s age, the applicant’s relationship to the deceased, the deceased’s employment and National Insurance contributions and the deceased’s status in regards to Category A State Retirement Benefit. Further information on Bereavement Payment can be obtained from any and all Jobcentre Plus or social security offices.

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Soulmate - Your Question:
My partner and I lived together as man and wife for 22 years. Sadly he passed away 22/5/2016.I live in Scotland and thought I would qualify for the bereavement payment. Unfortunately we never married, therefore I do not qualify.I have been living of £73 per week from esa. My face to face assessment has been cancelled 3 times. I still owe the funeral director £525. And have gas/electric debt. Although I've made arrangements to pay of the gas/electric debt, which I've never had before. I'm struggling to live day to day. I've received a letter from the funeral director for the remaining balance of £525. is there any help I can apply for from charity fund's?

Our Response:
You could try the Turn 2 Us grant search . Did your partner have any family that could help out?
FacingBereavement - 7-Apr-17 @ 12:44 PM
My partner and I lived together as man and wife for 22 years. Sadly he passed away 22/5/2016.. I live in Scotland and thought I would qualify for the bereavement payment. Unfortunately we never married, therefore I do not qualify..I have been living of £73 per week from esa. My face to face assessment has been cancelled 3 times. I still owe the funeral director £525. And have gas/electric debt. Although I've made arrangements to pay of the gas/electric debt, which I've never had before. I'm struggling to live day to day. I've received a letter from the funeral director for the remaining balance of £525. is there any help I can apply for from charity fund's?
Soulmate - 1-Apr-17 @ 4:52 PM
Debbie - Your Question:
My husband died 25 /11/12 I new nothing of help for me and my child who was 11 years at the time she lost her dad I've been left with all dedts which I can not pay as I'm on esa bear minamin daughter is now 16 and going to upper 6 form and then on to university can I still get help for her as I did not know about bereavement money help for us I'm not bothered for me it's my daughter as it would help her schooling if she needs stuff that I carnt afford she has a bank it could be paid straight to her please help thankyou

Our Response:
No a bereavement payment cannot be made this long after the death. You should try the Turn 2 Us website to see if you're entitled to any other help/benefits
FacingBereavement - 23-Mar-17 @ 12:59 PM
My husband died 25 /11/12 I new nothing of help for me and my child who was 11 years at the time she lost her dad I've been left with all dedts which I can not pay as I'm on esa bear minamin daughter is now 16 and going to upper 6 form and then on to university can I still get help for her as I did not know about bereavement money help for us I'm not bothered for me it's my daughter as it would help her schooling if she needs stuff that I carnt afford she has a bank it could be paid straight to her please help thankyou
Debbie - 22-Mar-17 @ 3:41 PM
Hi i completed the BB1 form, and I have been told today by letter that I am entitled to the widowed parents allowance but the one off bereavement payment wasn't mentioned in the same letter, should I be entitled to both? Thank you
Mary - 17-Feb-17 @ 1:45 PM
Bereavement payment. My mum lived with us for around 5 yrs I was her carer. I got paid for being her carer but soon as I got my pension it stopped, mum had copd and dementia. She had a policy so we could bury her which we used. I just saw the bereavement payment and wondered if we were entitled too it please
Lynn - 14-Feb-17 @ 3:29 PM
Hi My dad passed away on 13/1/17, I work and don't claim benefits, although my mum is alive and they were married I have been left to deal with my dad's funeral and all the comes with it before and after, as my mum is on benefits I asked her to claim the funeral help, as the bill was in my name she can't claim it, I said I would change it so this can be claimed as I am reliable for his bill and struggling, she will not sign the funeral into her name as she will be liable for the bill and states she couldn't pay it and won't help, currently I have taken a lump of money out my wedding fund to pay the deposit otherwise my dad funeral wouldn't go ahead and I could allow that, in all the hurt I broke down to the funeral director and she said I can claim a bereavement payment of up to 2k but when I read up about it it doesn't mention about children, my dad was under retirement age of 61 and if it was the case I could claim it I can pay off the remaining amount of my dads funeral without sacrificing my wedding in 28 weeks, please could someone help as although I did everything for my dad and have taken the strain of sorting his bills etc my stress isn't allowing me to grieve along with my mothers selfish act, I feel lost and need some guidance
Dadsgirl - 31-Jan-17 @ 10:25 PM
my brother died and i dont work and im currently on ESA and have no money to pay for deposit to arrange funeral then for funeral
kit - 21-Jan-17 @ 9:51 PM
my brother died and i wanted to know if i can get help to pay his funeral as i dont work i am on ESA
Drew - 21-Jan-17 @ 9:47 PM
Hi my mum died a week before she was due t be paid her PIP I closed her bank account so obviously the payment will have not got in but am I elgie to claim the days back up until her death so that this can go towards funeral costs , I have rang the bank but they can't tell me if any payments have gone in due to data protection
Nadz - 13-Jan-17 @ 9:59 AM
I need help my dad passed away and I need help but I am not getting any help
satpal - 5-Dec-16 @ 9:48 AM
happyman - Your Question:
A friend of mine dyed in a car accident at work is there any help with funeral cost.As my friend has know money.They have been living together for 15 years ,and have a child who who is 12 years old

Our Response:
Here is where you can find the eligibility criteria for the bereavement payment.
FacingBereavement - 25-Oct-16 @ 12:20 PM
A friend of mine dyed in a car accidentat work is there any help with funeral cost. As my friend has know money. They have been living together for 15 years ,and have a child who who is 12 years old
happyman - 24-Oct-16 @ 12:59 PM
My brother recently passed away,3 weeks to be exact,do not not have the funds to pay for funeral,can I get help from somewhere,an instalment plan or something.
Pedro - 10-Oct-16 @ 10:44 PM
IVONE - Your Question:
Hi, a colleague of mine from work just lost her husband, he was murdered. How can she check if she will be eligible for the bereavement? She doesn't have money, she works as a cleaner but now because of the police investigations they asked her to not work because she is the only witness of the case. Please any help will be great. Thank you so much!

Our Response:
It's a bit strange being asked not to work? Are you sure that is correct? Here are the full criteria for receiving bereavement allowance.
FacingBereavement - 12-Sep-16 @ 10:50 AM
Hi, a colleague of mine from work just lost her husband, he was murdered. How can she check if she will be eligible for the bereavement? She doesn't have money, she works as a cleaner but now because of the police investigations they asked her to not work because she is the only witness of the case. Please any help will be great. Thank you so much!
IVONE - 9-Sep-16 @ 3:02 PM
My mum died in July I was her full time Carer,my nan died last week and I'm completely lost.My benefits(carers allowance and income support)stop tmw.Am I allowed to NOT claim jsa and just have a couple months to breath and grieve?I live with my dad in his council house so only have a phone bill to pay.I just feel I need to help dad out for a bit emotionally and grieve my mum and nan without being hassled? I also suffer from depression.
Harris - 4-Sep-16 @ 2:34 PM
Poppy123 - Your Question:
Hi I've just lost my mom I was full carer for her is there any help I could reserve as I was not able to work only claim child tax and child benefit and what was careres

Our Response:
You could try and apply for a Funeral Payment - sometimes this will have to be repaid from the deceased's estate.
FacingBereavement - 6-May-16 @ 9:58 AM
Hi I've just lost my mom I was full carer for her is there any help I could reserve as I was not able to work only claim child tax and child benefit and what was careres
Poppy123 - 4-May-16 @ 8:12 AM
My mother died on the 30th December last year she was In her 80s she had nothing to help towards her funeral cost I'm her only daughter and all I gget disability living allowance and ESA could I get this help please
Jan - 7-Jan-16 @ 1:03 PM
My daughter was stillborn at 21 weeks and want to buy her her own burial plot but everywhere I turn I'm getting turned down because she was under 24 weeks. Can I get any help, I've tried the government and dwp and charities but having no look.
Anji - 4-Jan-16 @ 4:35 PM
SPICE - Your Question:
My brother in law has just died. He is divorced and lives in sheltered accommodation as he was an Alcoholic. His next of kin are his two daughters who will have no money to pay for the funeral. Can they apply for a grant if so how much roughly will they get and more importantly how do they go about it please

Our Response:
There is a form to complete and send off. Here is a a link to the information
FacingBereavement - 21-Dec-15 @ 12:47 PM
My brother in law has just died. He is divorced and lives in sheltered accommodation as he was an Alcoholic. His next of kin are his two daughters who will have no money to pay for the funeral. Can they apply for a grant if so how much roughly will they get and more importantly how do they go about it please
SPICE - 20-Dec-15 @ 6:21 PM
My Mother died suddenly on 25/10/15, and has recently been buried. She was on a pension and left no funeral plan. Although I have an older sister, she registered the death, as a favour to me, but has washed her hands of the arrangements, and has left me to sort out everything and pay for the funeral. I have contacted the social fund for help towards funeral costs, but they rejected the claim due to me having a sister. I am receiving income related Jobseekers allowance and Industrial injuries benefit. My sister never had much to do with my mum when she was alive, as they fell out years ago. Where do I go from here?.
johnboy - 26-Nov-15 @ 6:33 AM
jadey - Your Question:
Hi my dad passed away in jan 2005 due to pnemonia and legionnaires disease I just turned 14 at the time im now going on 25! after are loss lifes just been hell and gone downhill I now suffer with depression and anxiety due to the life we had to live afterwards cause we deppended on our dad,anyway after he passed we never recived a penny was just left to scrape by and get on with it no one told us about anything we could claim to make it that little bit easier my mum also has learning difficulties just lost her partner had 5 children and 3 dogs to take care of and we was just left to get on with it im just wondering if there is still anything we can claim or is it to late!

Our Response:
Unfortunately it's difficult to claim anything retrospectively. Your mother might be entitled to some benefits - you can find out more by entering details into the Turn 2 Us benefit calculator
FacingBereavement - 19-Nov-15 @ 10:07 AM
hi my dad passed away in jan 2005 due to pnemonia and legionnaires disease i just turned 14 at the time im now going on 25! after are loss lifes just been hell and gone downhill i now suffer with depression and anxiety due to the life we had to live afterwards cause we deppended on our dad,anyway after he passed we never recived a penny was just left to scrape by and get on with it no one told us about anything we could claim to make it that little bit easier my mum also has learning difficulties just lost her partner had 5 children and 3 dogs to take care of and we was just left to get on with it im just wondering if there is still anything we can claim or is it to late!
jadey - 16-Nov-15 @ 11:49 AM
My partners brother sadly passed away on 5 November 2015 and she is left with the burden of paying for the funeral, she is on sickness benefits and has no means of being able to afford it , can she claim bereavement payment to help towards the cost ?
Nolly - 10-Nov-15 @ 6:51 PM
Can you make a claim for bereavement benefit over 12 months after your partner's death? I did not know about this & have only found out a few days ago
Rev X - 13-Aug-15 @ 3:19 PM
@Mia - Your question:

"My sister has dementia and has heart problems and very little money, she has 2 grown up children whom she hasn't seen in years. When she dies I feel I will be left with the responsibility of paying for her funeral. Can I take a funeral plan out for her or are there any benefits that I could claim."


Our response:
Payment of funeral expenses usually comes from the deceased person's estate and generally, the next of kin will be responsible for making the arrangements etc. If they are unwilling to do so and you feel the estate may not be sufficient to cover the expenses, then it might be worth thinking about financial arrangements now. A reputable funeral director will be able to advise you on any plans that are available.

FacingBereavement - 6-Aug-15 @ 10:33 AM
My sister has dementia and has heart problems and very little money, she has2 grown up children whom she hasn't seen in years. When she dies I feel I will be left with the responsibility of paying for her funeral.Can I take a funeral plan out for her or are there any benefits that I could claim.
Mia - 5-Aug-15 @ 3:01 PM
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