Widowed Parent's Allowance

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How to claim

You can apply by phone or using a paper form.

Apply by phone

Call the Bereavement Service helpline.

Bereavement Service helpline

Telephone: 0800 731 0469
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469
Welsh language: 0800 731 0453

Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users - check you can use this service

Textphone: 0800 731 0464
Welsh language: 0800 731 0456

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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Apply using a paper form

Download a Bereavement Benefits pack (form BB1) or email your local Jobcentre Plus to ask for a form.

The pack has notes to help you fill in the claim form.

Send your completed form to:

Dover Benefit Centre
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1LA

Alternative formats

Call the Bereavement Service helpline to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

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)

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for ‘mandatory reconsideration’.