Widowed Parent's Allowance

What you'll get

The amount you get is based on how much your late husband, wife or civil partner paid in National Insurance contributions.

The maximum Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) is £117.10 a week.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died as a result of an industrial accident or disease, you may claim WPA even if they did not pay National Insurance contributions.

You can get WPA until you stop being entitled to Child Benefit, unless you reach State Pension age first.

If your WPA ends within 52 weeks of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death, you may be able to get Bereavement Allowance for the rest of the 52 weeks.

How WPA is paid

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

Effect on other benefits

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

Your Jobcentre Plus adviser will explain how this works.

The benefit cap

The benefit cap limits the total 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.