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Bereavement Payment

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 25 Oct 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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I recently lost my mum but can't afford to pay for her funeral Will I be able to get some help towards the cost of her funeral
JoJo - 25-Oct-17 @ 11:31 AM
Martin - Your Question:
I recently lost my father due to sepsis I need help with finance paying for the funeral I need 2,500 thanks

Our Response:

You could try applying for the Funeral Payment - this will have to be paid back with funds from the deceased's estate if available.
A funeral director might be able to tell you about low cost loans or payment plans in your area.
FacingBereavement - 13-Oct-17 @ 2:16 PM
I recently lost my father due to sepsis I need help with finance paying for the funeral I need 2,500 thanks
Martin - 12-Oct-17 @ 3:15 PM
Amanda- Your Question:
Hi, I've recently lost my 23yr old son, he was on disability and esa (I think that's what it's called) benefits, but I don't claim anything myself but am I still entitled for help with is funeral costs as he didn't av any life insurance or nothing in his name, thankyou.

Our Response:
Unfortunately if you don't claim any benefits yourself it's unlikely you will eligible for funeral allowance. If your son had any savings or money in a bank account, you'd be expected to use that towards the funeral costs. Call in at your local Citizens' Advice if you're struggling to find the funds.
FacingBereavement - 4-Sep-17 @ 9:56 AM
Hi, I've recently lost my 23yr old son, he was on disability and esa(I think that's what it's called) benefits, but I don't claim anything myself but am I still entitled for help with is funeral costs as he didn't av any life insurance or nothing in his name, thankyou.
Amanda - 28-Aug-17 @ 11:58 AM
Hello I am asking this on behalf of my daughter because her dad has died under suspicious circumstances (He was beaten to death) awaiting Coroners Report,Police are involved. But could she qualify for Death payment for her father
Barbara - 11-Jun-17 @ 8:29 PM
lee - Your Question:
Hi,my mother has sadly passed away on friday night she suffered with cancer just under 1 year now mum slipped away do I qualify for a funeral grant!!!

Our Response:
We're so sorry to hear about your mum. Please visit the government funeral payment page here for further advice. Citizens' Advice might also be able to offer you further help.
FacingBereavement - 6-Jun-17 @ 2:42 PM
hi,my mother has sadly passed away on friday night she suffered with cancer just under 1 year now mum slipped away do i qualify for a funeral grant!!!
lee - 4-Jun-17 @ 6:05 PM
My sister has just passed away, she has been on benefits for the past 8 years + had\has cancer It may have been suicide awaiting coroner report, she has a daughter but not been in touch with each other for over 10/12 years due to my sisters drinking problems. Our mum is 86years old and on pension credit, can we claim towards her funeral costs
Cas - 30-May-17 @ 3:57 PM
Parpar - Your Question:
Hi. Caring for my aged parent for years now. Am wondering if I will be entitled to a bereavement money after my parent passes away.Thanks.

Our Response:
No unfortunately bereavement allowance is usually for widows/widowers or sometimes for parents of children who've died.
FacingBereavement - 19-May-17 @ 11:40 AM
Hi. Caring for my aged parent for years now. Am wondering if I will be entitled to a bereavement money after my parent passes away. Thanks.
Parpar - 18-May-17 @ 7:29 AM
Jeanette - Your Question:
I have been without my partner now for 10 years and kept asking about bereavement benefit and getting nowhere , we were together for 25 years but didn't get married and I looked after him right upto the end when he had cancer I am not 72 and once did I get any bereaved monies and been asking ever since

Our Response:
Unfortunately if you are not married, you are not eligible for bereavement payment.
FacingBereavement - 17-May-17 @ 12:14 PM
I have been without my partner now for 10 years and kept asking about bereavement benefit and getting nowhere , we were together for 25 years but didn't get married and I looked after him right upto the end when he had cancer I am not 72 and once did I get any bereaved monies and been asking ever since
Jeanette - 16-May-17 @ 7:45 AM
Someone told me you still qualify for the Bereavementpayment even if you have split up from your husband..I have been split up from my husband for many years and wondered if this is true..he was on benefits at the time of his death and had been for years due to his health ((cancer)) I don't know if NIC are taken from benefits or not..thanks x
Mags - 13-May-17 @ 10:11 PM
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
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