Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow's Pension)

1. Eligibility

You may get Bereavement Allowance if all the following apply:

  • your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017
  • you were 45 or over when your husband, wife or civil partner died
  • 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 your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.

You won’t get Bereavement Allowance if you:

  • are bringing up children - you can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance instead
  • remarry or form a new civil partnership
  • live with another person as if you’re married or in a civil partnership
  • were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner before their death
  • were over State Pension age when you were widowed or became a surviving civil partner - you may be able to get extra State Pension
  • are in prison

Use a benefits calculator to check your eligibility.

Other bereavement benefits

You may also be eligible for a Bereavement Payment.

You don’t have to apply more than once - you’ll be considered for all bereavement benefits when you apply for one.

If you live abroad

Contact the International Pension Centre to find out if you can claim if you’ve moved abroad.

International Pension Centre
Telephone: +44 191 21 87608
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Department for Work and Pensions
Bereavement and widows’ benefits
International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE98 1BA

You must include your:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number (if you know it)