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Bereavement Payments

The surviving spouse or civil partner may be entitled to one of two payments following the death of the deceased.

Bereavement support payment - deaths on or after 6 April 2017

In order to qualify the surviving spouse or civil partner must be under the State pension age when the deceased died and the deceased must not have been entitled to Category A State pension when they died. The amount that you will receive depends upon whether you have children under 20 in full-time education or not. The payment comprises a larger upfront sum followed by 18 monthly payments.

A claim can be made by telephone on 0845 6088601 or by downloading a claim form BSP1 here. Claims can only be backdated 12 months.

Bereavement allowance - deaths on or before 5 April 2017

The surviving spouse or civil partner may be eligible to claim bereavement allowance provided they are aged over 45 until State pension age. Bereavement allowance is paid for up to 52 weeks from the date of death of the deceased. The actual amount paid is dependent upon the level of National insurance contributions that the deceased paid. There are a number of other criteria which also have to be met. If the surviving spouse or civil partner is over the State pension age they may be entitled to additional State Pension.

For further details see the following link: Bereavement Allowance

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