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Bereavement Allowance Rates

Those who qualify for the Bereavement Allowance will get a weekly benefit. It is for people widowed from the age of 45 up to the State Pension age in the United Kingdom.

BEREAVEMENT ALLOWANCE: Some people might remember it as the 'Widow's Pension'.

All of these must apply for you to get the Bereavement Allowance:

Note: Bereavement benefits changed for a death from the 6th of April 2017. Thus, you may qualify for the Bereavement Support Payment if this applies to you.

The Bereavement Allowance eligibility criteria means you will not get it if:

Qualifying for other Bereavement Benefits

There are several other death benefits available, such as the Bereavement Payment. But, you do not need to apply more than once. A claim gets considered for all available bereavement benefits.

Living Abroad

If you moved overseas you should contact the International Pension Centre to check whether you can claim. They will need to know your full name, date of birth, and your NI number (if known).

International Pension Centre
Telephone: +44 191 21 87608
Find out more on call charges.
Department for Work and Pensions
Bereavement and widows’ benefits
International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
NE98 1BA

Bereavement Allowance payments continue for up to 52 weeks from the date of the death. But, the amount you get varies on two main factors:

Bereavement Allowance Rates 2018

Note: As a rule, the Bereavement Allowance gets paid into a bank account, building society, or a credit union account.

How Bereavement Allowance affects other Benefits

Once you start getting the Bereavement Allowance, the payments can change if you get any of these benefits and allowances:

Note: Contact your nearest JobCentre Plus for further information. You can also use a benefits calculator to check how much you might get. It adds an upper limit to most benefits for most people aged between 16 and 64.

How to Claim Bereavement Allowance

You can either make an application by telephone or you can use a form.

Apply for Bereavement Allowance by Form

Download the Bereavement benefits claim form BB1 with guidance notes. You can also order it by phone from Jobcentre Plus. Fill in the BB1 claim form and deliver it to Jobcentre Plus or mail it to:

Dover Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
WV99 1LA

Note: Once the office gets the application form the maximum time the claim can get backdated is three (3) months.

Apply for Bereavement Allowance by Phone

Bereavement Service Helpline
Telephone: 0800 731 0469
Welsh language: 0800 731 0453

Textphone: 0800 731 0464
Welsh language: 0800 731 0456

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Note: You can challenge a decision on your claim if you disagree with the outcome. This process is called asking for a mandatory reconsideration.

Reporting a Change in Circumstances

A change in personal circumstances can affect a claim for Bereavement Allowance rates. You must inform the office handling your payments by phone or by letter if:

Bereavement Benefits
Telephone: 0800 731 0139
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Welsh language: 0800 731 0453
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
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Bereavement Allowance Changes to the Widow's Pension in the United Kingdom