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Bereavement Payment

You may be able to get a £2,000 Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner has died. This is a one-off, tax-free, lump-sum payment.

You may be able to get Bereavement Payment if when your husband, wife or civil partner died, you were either:

  • under State Pension age
  • over State Pension age and your husband, wife or civil partner wasn’t entitled to a State Pension based on their own national insurance contributions

Additionally, your husband, wife or civil partner must have either:

  • paid enough national insurance contributions
  • died as a result of an industrial accident or disease

When you can’t get Bereavement Payment

You can’t get Bereavement Payment if any of the following are true:

  • you were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner
  • you’re living with another person as husband, wife or civil partner
  • you’re in prison

Other bereavement benefits

You may also be eligible for:

  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance - if you’re bringing up children
  • Bereavement Allowance

You don’t have to apply more than once - you’ll be considered for all bereavement benefits when you apply for one.

Who to contact

Telephone
0800 731 0469
Website
www.gov.uk
Last updated on 16/10/2018
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