You may be able to get a £2,000 Bereavement Payment if your spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2017. This is a one-off, tax-free, lump-sum payment.
If your spouse or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment instead.
You may be able to get Bereavement Payment if, when your husband, wife or civil partner died, you were either:
- under State Pension age
- over State Pension age and your husband, wife or civil partner wasn’t entitled to a State Pension based on their own national insurance contributions
Additionally, your husband, wife or civil partner must have either:
- paid enough National Insurance contributions
- died because of an industrial accident or disease
When you can’t get Bereavement Payment
You can’t get Bereavement Payment if any of the following are true:
- you were divorced from your husband, wife or civil partner
- you’re living with another person as husband, wife or civil partner
- you’re in prison
Other bereavement benefits
You may also be eligible for:
You don’t have to apply more than once - you’ll be considered for all bereavement benefits when you apply for one.
If you’re abroad
If you’ve moved abroad contact the International Pension Centre to find out if you can claim.
Bereavement and widows’ benefits if you’re abroad
Telephone: +44 191 21 87608
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Department for Work and Pensions
Bereavement and widows’ benefits
International Pension Centre
You must include your:
- full name
- date of birth
- National Insurance number