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Widowed Parent Allowance

Widowed Parent's Allowance 2017

This section has key information on the Widowed Parents Allowance (WPA). Check how much you can get if you meet the widows parent allowance eligibility criteria.

WIDOWED PARENT'S ALLOWANCE: WPA is for widowed parents only.

The bereaved person must be under State Pension age. They must have at least one dependent child with Child Benefit entitlement.

To qualify for WPA, the late husband, wife, or civil partner must be the parent of the child. They must have died before the 6th of April 2017.

In some cases, you can claim if you became pregnant by your late husband before they died.

It may also apply if your pregnancy from a civil partner occurred as a result of fertility treatment.

When does Widowed Parent's Allowance stop? As a rule, you can receive widows parent allowance until your benefits entitlement to claim Child Benefit finishes.

This guide explains the procedures for widowed parents to claim for these types of bereavement benefits using the BB1 WPA claim form.

How Much is Widowed Parent's Allowance?

You may be entitled to an additional pension. But, £113.70 a week is the current maximum Widowed Parents Allowance 2017.

As a rule, the amount of NIC paid by your late spouse or civil partner determines the Widowed Parent's Allowance amount you get.

Widows Parent Allowance: Death Benefits and Bereavement AllowancesNote: You may also claim Widowed Parent Allowance even when National Insurance contributions are insufficient.

But this only applies if your spouse or civil partner died as a result of an industrial disease or accident.

WPA is usually paid straight into a secure bank or building society account. It continues until you lose entitlement to Child Benefit.

There will be cases where the husband, wife, or civil partner died on or after the 6th of April 2017.

These widows or widowers may qualify to get the Bereavement Support Payment instead.

Note: Check to see how the benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people get between the ages of 16 to 64.

Class 2 National Insurance (NI) Contributions

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recently changed the way they collect Class 2 National Insurance (NI) contributions.

Class 2 NI contributions get paid by people who are self-employed. Each tax year payments of Class 2 contributions get collected as part of the annual self-assessment tax return for the majority of self-employed people.

It means that people who are self-employed make an annual once-only payment of Class 2 contributions when completing their self-assessment tax return.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance customers may wish to contact HMRC for advice if their allowance got reduced due to a deficit in a spouse's or Civil Partner’s Class 2 contributions.

Widowed Parent's Allowance Eligibility

You may be eligible to claim Widowed Parents Allowance (WPA) providing all the following apply to you:

You would be ineligible to claim WPA if you:

Extra Bereavement Benefits Available

In some circumstances there are other bereavement benefits that you may also be eligible for:

Note: There is no necessity to apply more than once. This is because your case for all bereavement benefits gets considered when you apply for any of them.

What Happens if You Live Abroad?

If you live abroad you should contact the International Pension Centre to find out if you can claim. Remember to include your full name, date of birth, and your National Insurance number (if known).

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

How to Apply for Widowed Parents Allowance

When you apply for the Widowed Parent's Allowance you can either download a Bereavement Benefits Claim Form BB1 or order the claim pack from your local Jobcentre Plus by telephone.

You should take the completed claim form to your local Jobcentre Plus or you can mail it to:

Dover Benefit Centre
Telephone: 0345 608 8601
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1LA
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
Find out about call charges in the United Kingdom.

Note: To reduce the risk of losing any money you must apply for Widowed Parent's Allowance within 3 months of the date of death.

WPA Help and Information

Contact your JobCentre Plus adviser to find out how receiving Widowed Parents Allowance can affect your payments from other benefits such as:

Widowed Parent's Allowance Circumstances Change

You must inform the Dover Benefit Centre of changes in your circumstances such as:

How to Appeal a Decision

You can also appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you are unsatisfied with a decision made regarding the Death Benefits system.

But, a change in the rules mean you must request a 'mandatory reconsideration' at the office before you lodge your appeal.

Widowed Parent's Allowance in the United Kingdom