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Bereavement Support Payment

Who can claim Bereavement Support Payment?

Bereavement Support Payment is a benefit for people whose husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017. It is based on the National Insurance contributions that they paid when they were working. It is tax free.

You could be eligible if your husband, wife or civil partner who died either:

  • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks, or
  • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work.

When they died you must have been:

  • under State Pension age, and
  • living in the UK or a country that pays UK bereavement benefits (find out more from GOV.UK  ).

You can’t claim Bereavement Support Payment if you’re in prison.

How much is Bereavement Support Payment?

If you don’t have children under 20 who are in full-time education, you will get a one-off lump sum payment of £2,500, followed by up to 18 monthly payments of £100.

If you have children under 20 who are in full-time education, you will get a one-off lump sum payment of £3,500, followed by up to 18 monthly payments of £350.

If you apply more than three months after your loved one dies, you won’t get the full amount (see below).

How do I apply for Bereavement Support Payment? 

England, Scotland and Wales

Download a Bereavement Support Payment pack (form BSP1) from GOV.UK
 
or call the Bereavement Service helpline on 0345 606 0265 (textphone 0345 606 0285).

Northern Ireland

Download an application form from nidirect   or call the Bereavement Service on 0800 085 2463. 

When should I make a claim for Bereavement Support Payment?

To get the full amount, you must make a claim within three months of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death.

If you make a claim within 3 months after your loved one’s death, you will receive:

  • the one-off lump sum payment
  • all of the 18 monthly payments.

If you make a claim between 3 and 12 months after your loved one’s death, you will receive:

  • the one-off lump sum payment
  • some of the 18 monthly payments depending on when you claim. You’ll get payments for the three months before your claim form is received (sometimes called backdating) and payments for the months after you claim up to 18 months after your loved one’s death.

If you make a claim between 12 and 18 months after your loved one’s death, you will receive:

  • some of the 18 monthly payments depending on when you claim. You’ll get three months’ backdated payments and payments for the months after you claim until 18 months after your loved one’s death.

If you make a claim between 18 and 21 months after your loved one’s death, you’ll receive:

  • some of the 18 monthly payments depending on when you claim. You’ll get up to three months’ backdated payments.

You cannot make a claim more than 21 months after your husband, wife or civil partner’s death.

How does Bereavement Support Payment affect other benefits?

Bereavement Support Payment won’t affect your benefits for 12 months after your first payment. After a year, it could affect the amount of other benefits you’re eligible for. You must tell the relevant government department responsible for your other benefits when you start getting Bereavement Support Payment.

Which benefits has Bereavement Support Payment replaced?

Bereavement Support Payment is for people whose husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.  It replaces three earlier bereavement benefits – Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance. These benefits remain in place if your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017.

GOV.UK   (or nidirect   in Northern Ireland) has more information about these benefits.

Information and support when someone dies

We have more practical information and emotional support for people who have been bereaved. Read our information about getting support when someone dies or call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. 

Useful links

Citizens Advice 

GOV.UK   - in England, Wales and Scotland

About this information

Marie Curie's Information and Support team has produced this information with help from:

  • Director of Corporate Services, Marie Curie
  • Disability Rights UK
  • Our Readers' Panel volunteers.

This information is not intended to replace any advice from health or social care professionals. We suggest that you consult with a qualified professional about your individual circumstances. Read more about how our information is created and how it's used.

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