You may be able to receive a tax free, lump sum of £2000 if your husband, wife or civil partner has died in the last 12 months.
A Bereavement Payment can be awarded if your husband, wife or civil partner had paid their National Insurance contributions or their death was caused by their job and:
- you were under State Pension age when they died; or
- your husband, wife or civil partner was not entitled to Category A State Retirement Benefit when they died; and
- the death was on or before 5 April 2017 (if they died after this date you can claim Bereavement Support Payment instead)
A bereavement payment does not usually effect entitlement to any other benefits however if it brings your capital above a certain level it can impact on the amount of income related benefits that you receive such as Housing Benefit.
Who isn't eligible for a Bereavement Payment?
You can't get a bereavement payment if:
- you were divorced from your late husband or wife or the civil partnership had dissolved at the time of the civil partner's death
- you are living with another person as husband, wife or civil partner
- you are in prison
You also need to apply for a Bereavement Payment within 12 months although this can be extended in certain circumstances.
How to apply for a Bereavement Payment
You can contact the Bereavement Benefits section on 0800 022 4250 and order a form or you can download a Bereavement Benefits pack online.
You can find out more information regarding Bereavement Payments by visiting NI Direct.