Bereavement Allowance

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If you were widowed on or before 5 April 2017 you may be able to claim Bereavement Allowance for 52 weeks. 

Bereavement Allowance is paid if your husband, wife or civil partner died and:

  • you were aged 45 at the time of their death
  • the death was on or before 5 April 2017
  • you're not bringing up children
  • you're under State Pension age
  • your late husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as a result of an industrial accident or disease

If their death occurred after 5 April 2017 you may be able to claim a Bereavement Support Payment instead. 

Who can't get Bereavement Allowance

You won''t be able to receive Bereavement Allowance if any of the following apply:

  • you were divorced from your late husband or wife at the time of their death
  • your civil partnership was dissolved at the time of your civil partner's death
  • you're living with another person as if you are married to them or as if you have formed a civil partnership
  • you're in prison

If you were over state pension age when your husband, wife or civil partner died you may be able to get extra money on your state pension if they paid enough National Insurance contributions. 

How much is Bereavement Allowance

The amount of Bereavement Allowance you receive depends on your age when your spouse or civil partner died and their National Insurance contributions. 

You can find out the maximum weekly rates of Bereavement Allowance on NI Direct

If you remarry or enter into a new civil partnership your payments of Bereavement Allowance end. 

It may also have an effect on other benefits that you receive such as Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Carers Allowance. 

How to apply for Bereavement Allowance

You can contact the Bereavement Benefits section on 0800 085 2463 and request a form or you can download an application form online. 

You must make the claim for Bereavement Allowance within 12 months of the death of your husband, wife or civil partner. 

Further Information

You can find out more information regarding Bereavement Allowance by visiting NI Direct.