Bereavement Payment

A Bereavement Payment is a one-off tax-free lump sum payment of £2,000, and is payable to widows, widowers, and surviving civil partners whose husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 9 April 2001.

To get a Bereavement Payment you must have been below state pension age when your husband, wife or civil partner died. You must also have been married to your husband or wife, or in a registered civil partnership with your partner when they died.

In order to receive a Bereavement Payment, you must claim within twelve months of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death, unless there are exceptional circumstances which mean that you did not know about the death or it was not confirmed.

You are entitled to a Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife, or civil partner who has died paid enough national insurance contributions, although if they died as the result of an industrial accident or an industrial disease, it does not matter whether they paid enough contributions or not.

Until 6 April 2010, state pension age was 60 for a woman and 65 for a man. Since this date, the minimum age at which both men and women can claim a state pension is gradually being set to age 65 and will be increased, depending on which year you were born.

If your claim for a Bereavement Payment is approved, the money will be paid directly into your bank, building society or Post Office card account.