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Widowed Parent’s Allowance

If your husband, wife or civil partner dies and you have a child, you may be able to get a weekly benefit called Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

Who is it for?

You may be getting Widowed Parent’s Allowance if your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017. If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you may be able to claim a new benefit called Bereavement Support Payment.

You may be getting Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you’re under State Pension age and your late husband, wife or civil partner made enough National Insurance contributions conditions or they died from an industrial accident or disease.

You will have also needed to show that you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you’re entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child and your late husband, wife or civil partner was their parent
  • you’re pregnant and your husband has died
  • you’re pregnant after fertility treatment and your civil partner has died

If you need more information about the National Insurance contribution conditions for Widowed Parent's Allowance, contact your local Citizens Advice, the DWP Bereavement Service or the Social Security Agency Bereavement Service in Northern Ireland.

How much could you get?

The maximum amount for Widowed Parent’s Allowance is £113.70 a week. The amount depends on the National Insurance contributions that your late husband, wife or civil partner paid when they were working. For example, if their National Insurance contribution record was incomplete, the amount you get may be reduced. The only exception is if their death was caused by an industrial injury or an industrial disease. In this case, it doesn’t matter if enough National Insurance contributions had been paid.

How to claim

It’s no longer possible to make a new claim for Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died after 6 April 2017, you can’t claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance. Instead you can make a claim for Bereavement Support Payment.

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