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Bereavement Support Payment

If your partner has died and you have a child (or children), you may be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment to help ease financial worries. 


What is Bereavement Support Payment?

Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) is a benefit that you may be able to claim if your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner (provided you have a child or children) died after 6 April 2017.

This benefit isn't means-tested, so you can make a claim regardless of your income or whether you're in work, but there are certain eligibility criteria. 

BSP has replaced the following benefits:

  • Bereavement Allowance (which was previously known as 'Widow's Pension')
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Bereavement Payment.

Can I claim Bereavement Support Payment if I'm not married or in a civil partnership?

If you have a child or children and were living with your partner when they died, then you can claim BSP. 

On 9 February 2023 the law changed to extend BSP to cohabiting partners (provided the claimant has a child or children).

This law also applies to you if you could've claimed Widowed Parent’s Allowance, which was payable to bereaved parents whose partner died before 6 April 2017. The change doesn't apply to bereaved partners who don't have children. Contact the DWP Bereavement Service helpline on 0800 731 0464 to make a claim.

The deadline to have your claim fully backdated if your partner died before 9 February 2023 has now passed. You can still make a claim and receive some backdated payments – but these will be much less than the full amount. 


How much Bereavement Support Payment could I get?

There are 2 different rates of BSP:

  • If you're not responsible for a child under the age of 20, you could get a lump sum payment of £2,500 followed by 18 monthly payments of £100.
  • If you're responsible for a child under the age of 20, you could get a lump sum payment of £3,500 followed by 18 monthly payments of £350.

These payments aren't taxable and aren't included when calculating your entitlement to means-tested benefits or the benefit cap. 


Am I eligible to claim Bereavement Support Payment?

You can claim BSP if:

  • your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner died on or after 6 April 2017
  • you were under State Pension age when they died
  • your partner paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in any single tax year since 1975
  • you were living in the UK at the time of the death (or another country that pays bereavement benefits).

Find out more about claiming benefits while living abroad on GOV.UK

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When should I apply for Bereavement Support Payment?

You should claim Bereavement Support Payment within 3 months of the death to get the full amount. For every month later that you claim after this, you'll receive one fewer monthly payment.


How to claim Bereavement Support Payment

There are several ways that you can claim BSP. You can:


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What if we weren't married?

The law changed in February 2023 to allow unmarried partners with children to get bereavement benefits. If you were not married when your partner died and you have a child or children you can make a claim for:

  • Widowed Parent's Allowance if you partner died before 6 April 2017
  • or Bereavement Support Payment if your partner died on or after 6 April 2017. You may qualify for limited backdating.

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How will changes to Bereavement Support Payment affect my existing Widowed Parent's Allowance?

If you're currently receiving Widowed Parent’s Allowance you'll continue to do so at the rate of £148.40 as long as you're still receiving Child Benefit.

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What if my partner died before 6 April 2017?

If you have a child or children and your partner died before 6 April 2017, and you weren't married or in a civil partnership, you should make a new claim for Widowed Parent’s Allowance. To apply, you need to download the claim form and apply by post. 

Find out more about Widowed Parent's Allowance on GOV.UK

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Last updated: May 23 2024

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