Claiming Benefits

You maybe eligable for help from the department of work and pensions to contribute towards the cost of the funeral. If you are responsible for arranging the funeral and you are claiming one of the following benefits

Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • The disability or severe disability of working tax credit
  • One of the extra elements of Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
How much you will be awarded will also depend on any other money that is available e.g through the deceased's estate, any insurance policies or savings.

Below is a flowchart to follow to find out if your claim maybe accepted.





Bereavement Payment.
You may be able to get a £2,000 Bereavement Payment if your spouse or civil partner 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 wasnít 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 because of an industrial accident or disease
Find out more on Bereavement Benefit on the Gov.uk Webpage

Bereavement Allowance

This is a taxable benefit (Previously known as Widow's Pension) payable for up to 52 weeks from the date your spouse or civil partner died. These payments are based on your late spouse or civil partnerís National Insurance contributions. To be entitled you must be over 45 but under State Pension age when they died.

To avoid losing any benefit, you should claim within three months of the deceasedís death. 

Find out more on Bereavement allowance on the Gov.uk Website

Widowed Parent's Allowance

This is a taxable benefit which may be payable if you are a parent and your spouse or civil partner has died and they paid enough National Insurance contributions. You must be under State Pension age and be receiving or entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child.
 
To avoid losing any benefit, you should claim within three months of the deceasedís death.

 Find out more on Widowed Parent's Allowance on the Gov.uk Website 

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