Bereavement Support Payment

2. What you'll get

You’ll get a larger first payment followed by up to 18 monthly payments. The amount depends on your circumstances.

Circumstance First payment Monthly payment
You have children under 20 in full-time education £3,500 £350
You don’t have children under 20 in full-time education £2,500 £100

You must claim within 3 months of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death to get the full amount. You can claim up to 21 months after but your payments will be less.

Your payments will be paid into your bank or building society account.

If you get benefits

Bereavement Support Payment won’t affect your benefits for a year after your first payment. After a year, any payment you have left over could affect the amount of benefit you’re eligible for.

You must tell your benefits office (for example, your local Jobcentre Plus) when you start getting Bereavement Support Payment.