Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow's Pension)

What you'll get

You can get Bereavement Allowance for up to 52 weeks from the date your husband, wife or civil partner died. The amount you get depends on:

Your age at your husband, wife or civil partner’s death Maximum weekly rate
45 years old £35.13
46 years old £43.33
47 years old £51.52
48 years old £59.72
49 years old £67.92
50 years old £76.12
51 years old £84.31
52 years old £92.51
53 years old £100.71
54 years old £108.90
55 years old to State Pension age £117.10

How Bereavement Allowance is paid

Bereavement Allowance is usually paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.

Effect on other benefits

Once you get Bereavement Allowance, payments may change if you’re getting any of the following:

Your JobCentre Plus adviser will explain how this works.

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit you can get. It applies to most people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age. Some individual benefits are not affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.