The Bereavement Support Payment is a new death benefit paid to the neediest of bereaved citizens. This financial aid replaces previous bereavement benefits for widowed spouses and civil partners.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENTS: The BSP benefit is not taxable. But, it only gets paid to widows, widowers, or the surviving civil partner.
The payments provide some monetary aid towards the most immediate costs incurred at a time of sadness, grief, and loss.
It is for those who cannot claim the Bereavement Allowance, a Widowed Parent's Allowance, or the Bereavement Payment.
But, the new benefit only applies if it was a spouse or a civil partner who died. Second, the date of the death must have occurred on or after the 6th of April 2017.
What about claimants who already get one of these other death benefit payments? In this case, they will not get transferred over to Bereavement Support Payment. Existing claims will continue receiving their current award for its natural lifetime instead.
Jobcentre Plus administer the non means tested Bereavement Support Payment 2018. You may qualify if your spouse or civil partner died on the 6th of April 2017, or any time since that date, if either:
There are some Bereavement Support Payment conditions and age rules for the claimant. When your partner died, to qualify you must have been:
Note: Divorced, or dissolved, partnerships do not qualify. Ineligibility also applies to those living with another person on the date of the death. Serving time inside a prison does not meet Bereavement Support Payment eligibility criteria.
Entitlement for financial help may also be available for people bereaved before the 6th of April 2017. In this case you might qualify for:
The new Bereavement Support Payment comprises two separate rates. You can get either the 'Standard rate' or the 'Higher rate' depending on your circumstances. As a rule, you get an increased initial payment followed by a further 18 lesser monthly payments.
You must be below state pension age to get the funds. But, re-marrying (or re-partnering) does not affect a claim for the new Bereavement Support Payment. Like most regular benefit payments they get paid directly into a secure bank or building society account.
Note: Claim within 3 months after the death of a husband, wife, or civil partner to get the full amount. Claims can continue for up to 21 months after the death but payouts will be lower. Reaching state pension age before the end of the term means you lose the qualification.
Claiming Bereavement Support Payment does not affect entitlement to other benefits. That applies for one year after getting the first payment. Following that, surplus payments may affect the amount of benefit you can get.
Note: Inform the benefits office or local Jobcentre Plus if you start claiming Bereavement Support Payment.
Bereavement Service Helpline
Telephone: 0345 608 8601
Welsh language: 0345 606 0275
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
Welsh language: 0345 606 0295
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
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The method of Bereavement Support Payment application depends on where you are living.
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
International Pension Centre
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 218 7608
Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Note: Some of the Bereavement Support Payment regulations are different in Northern Ireland.
Bereavement Support Payment Rates and Eligibility Criteria