Claiming Bereavement Allowance and other Death Benefits can help to ease the financial worry when dealing with the loss of someone close who recently died.
DEATH BENEFITS: There is no doubt that dealing with the death of a spouse or partner is a very challenging experience which can become more difficult if it results with you living a lower income.
This section explains how you could be eligible to receive bereavement allowance and other death benefits following the loss of your husband, wife, or civil partner.
Bereavement benefits are available for who were married (or in a civil partnership) and those who were living together.
Death benefits can even help you pay for a funeral when you apply for a Funeral Payment.
As a rule, death benefits and bereavement allowances are not means-tested and fortunately they are often awarded whether you are working or not.
Whether you are registering the death, having to arrange the funeral, or deal with the estate of the dead person, you will find useful information and important advice about bereavement payments and funeral expenses.
BENEFIT CALCULATOR: You can independently use the benefits calculator to calculate your entitlement rights. Benefit Calculators are anonymous, free to use online, and have now replaced the Benefits Adviser service.
DEATH OF A SPOUSE: The income rates from your benefits, tax and pension can change if your spouse or civil partner dies because of the change in your family or household circumstances.
BEREAVEMENT ALLOWANCE: The Bereavement Allowance (previously called the Widow's Pension) provides benefits for the bereaved and widowed from the age of 45 up to the State Pension age in the United Kingdom.
BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT: 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.
NEW BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENTS: The Bereavement Support Payment is a new death benefit paid out to the most needy of bereaved citizens. This financial aid replaces previous bereavement benefits for widowed spouses or civil partners.
CHILD OR PARENT DIES: Benefit claims are affected if a child dies. This section covers information how to make a death report and claim if a child or parent/s (claimant) dies and how to make a new claim for arrears.
FUNERAL PAYMENTS: Funeral Payment assistance comes from the DWP Social Fund and is paid out to help claimants who are on a low income cover the cost of arranging a funeral for the deceased person.
GUARDIANSHIP ALLOWANCE: Ascertain the eligibility requirements so you to make a claim for looking after a child who is not yours and what rates you can get. The Guardian Allowance Child Benefit is applicable to those caring for, or bringing, up a child, which is not their own.
WAR WIDOW'S & WIDOWER'S PENSIONS: The War Widow(er) Pension aims to help widows or widowers whose husband, wife, or civil partner died before the 6th of April 2005 during HM Armed Forces service or in war time.
WIDOWED PARENTS ALLOWANCE: The Widowed Parent's Allowance (WPA) helps eligible widowed parents under State Pension age who have at least one dependent child or young person receiving Child Benefit.
Death and Bereavement Benefits Advice Overview