There are three new bereavement benefits, which can be claimed by an applicant whose spouse has died. Entitlement to the bereavement benefits in most cases is dependent on the deceased spouse having paid sufficient National Insurance Contributions prior to the date of death. (Contributions made by the widow or widower will not count).
Basic Rules affecting all Bereavement Benefits.
The applicant for the Bereavement Benefit must have been legally married to the deceased at the date of death. However, benefit will not be payable where
· The claimant was divorced from the late spouse
· The claimant is living with someone else as man and wife
· The claimant has remarried
How to apply
Please call your local job centre plus/bereavement helpline on : 0800 055 6688
The three benefits are:
- Bereavement Payment—replacing the previous widows lump sum payment
- Widowed Parents Allowance—replacing the Widowed Mothers Allowance
- Bereavement Allowance—replacing Widows Pension
Are tax-free lump sum payments of £2,000, which an applicant may apply for following the death of a spouse.
This benefit can only be claimed where
- The deceased was entitled to retirement pension at the date of death
- The applicant was under the state retirement pension age at the date of the spouses death, and
- The deceased must have paid sufficient. National Insurance contributions prior to his death, or his death must have been caused by his employment.
Widows Parent’s Allowance is a taxable benefit, which includes a basic allowance for the applicant, additions for each dependant child and any qualifying entitlement to additional state earning related pension (SERPS) that the deceased may have had.
The applicant must be
- In receipt of or entitled to child benefit in respect of any dependant child
- Expecting a child of the late husband with whom she was living at the date of death
The deceased spouse must have made sufficient NI contributions prior to death.
The benefit will be available to widows and widowers equally, and will also be available to widower’s whose wife died prior to its introduction.
TO CLAIM CALL 0845 608 8601
Bereavement Allowance is a taxable benefit, which includes a basic allowance for the applicant equivalent to the allowance paid under the previous widows pension entitlement. This benefit is payable for 52 weeks following the date of the death of the spouse, whereas Widows Pension payments were not time limited.
Claims for the Bereavement Benefit should be made to the local benefits agency where the claimant lives within 3 months of the date of death of the spouse. Claims can be made later, and can only be backdated 3 months. Applicants will be required to provide an original full death certificate of their late spouse.
WHERE TO GET HELP LOCAL BENEFITS OFFICE
To make a claim call: 0800 055 6688
IN APRIL & OCTOBER 2013 MOST/ALL BENEFIT WILL CHANGE TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income-related ESA
- Income support
- Child tax credits
- Working tax credits
- Housing benefit
- DLA will be replaced by personal independence payment
- Council tax benefit will be abolished April 2013