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Bereavement Payment: DWP Death Benefit

This guide explains how to claim the £2,000 non taxable Bereavement Payment. It is the DWP death benefit for those bereaved by the loss of a spouse or civil partner.

BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT: To qualify, your spouse or civil partner must have died 'before' the 6th of April in the year 2017.

Note: The new Bereavement Support Payment has replaced claims for this type of benefit when the death occurs from 6th of April 2017 onwards.

This information clarifies how to claim the Bereavement Payment benefit. Recipients would make their claim using the DWP BB1 Form.

Check to see if you are eligible to get this single lump sum and tax-free remittance of £2,000.

Bereavement Payment Eligibility Criteria

You can only get the Bereavement Payment if at the time your spousal or civil partner died you were either:

  1. Below the State Pension age.
  2. Above the State Pension age but your spouse or partner did not qualify for a State Pension due to their NIC.

Beside this, your spouse or civil partner must either have:

  1. Paid adequate National Insurance contributions.
  2. Died because of an industrial accident or a disease from work.

Bereavement Payment Qualifying Conditions

Death Benefits and the DWP Bereavement PaymentYou are ineligible to claim for the Bereavement Payment if you:

  1. Are serving time in prison.
  2. Were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner.
  3. Are living with another person as husband, wife, or civil partner.

But, there are other bereavement benefits which you may have entitlement for such as:

  1. The Bereavement Allowance (previously called the Widow's Pension).
  2. The Widowed Parent's Allowance for those bringing up children.

Note: There is no need to apply more than once. Initial applications get considered for all relevant bereavement benefits.

Claim Bereavement Payment from Abroad

Contact the International Pension Centre to find out if you can claim. But you must include your National Insurance number, full name, and your date of birth.

Bereavement and Widows' Benefits
Telephone: +44 191 21 87608
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Department for Work and Pensions
Bereavement and Widows' Benefits
International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
NE98 1BA

Claiming Bereavement Grant Benefit (DWP BB)

You can pick up the BB1 claim form from your local Jobcentre Plus. The online version Bereavement Benefit form is available for download on the GOV.UK website.

The pack contains guidance notes explaining how to fill in the Bereavement Payment form. Following that, send the completed widows Bereavement Payment form to your nearest Jobcentre Plus or direct to:

Dover Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
WV99 1LA

Bereavement Payment Effect on Benefits

Bereavement Payment may affect your usual entitlement to some benefits. Contact the JobCentre Plus adviser to check how it might affect your claim for:

DWP Bereavement Benefit Payment Deadline

Claims for Bereavement Payment can take place up to 12 months after your husband, wife or civil partner dies. But, if you are claiming for the Widowed Parent's Allowance or Bereavement Allowance you should claim within three (3) months.

Use the Bereavement Payment contact number for further information.

Bereavement Service Helpline
Telephone: 0345 606 0265
Welsh language: 0345 606 0275
Textphone: 0345 606 0285
Welsh language: 0345 606 0295
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Note: Bereavement Payments get paid into a bank account (or similar). Law changes on appeals mean you must usually ask for 'Mandatory Reconsideration' first. You can then appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision.

Bereavement Payment: DWP Death Benefit Form BB1