Important changes to bereavement benefits
From 6 April, Bereavement Support Payment is being introduced to replace three existing bereavement benefits: Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parents Allowance.
Unlike the existing bereavement benefits, Bereavement Support Payment will only be paid for up to 18 months after the death:
- surviving partners with at least one dependent child – an initial payment of £3,500 and up to 18 monthly payments of £350;
- surviving partners with no dependent children – an initial payment of £2,500, no additional payments.
Bereavement Support Payment will be paid to new claimants where the date of death of a spouse or civil partner is on or after 6 April 2017. People already receiving Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance or Widowed Parents Allowance will continue to do so and will not be affected by the introduction of Bereavement Support Payment.
Further information can be found on the Department for Communities website www.communities-ni.gov.uk/advisor-information.