When a spouse or partner passes away, it can be a very difficult time. Not just emotionally but also financially. Apart from the usual funeral expenses, you are now having to deal with living without another income. That is why the Bereavement Support Benefit was established. Can you get access to this help? Keep reading to find out if you can claim support and what you must do to get it.
Bereavement support is a form of financial assistance you can claim when your spouse or civil partner has passed. In order to access this benefit, you must fulfil the requirements and submit the required documentation as part of the application process. How much bereavement leave you can get depends on your personal circumstances.
You might be eligible to claim time off work and Bereavement Support payments if your spouse or civil partner died within the last 21 months. You must inform your employer as soon as possible and make a claim within the first three months to get the total amount. You can apply up to 21 months following your partner's death, but it will render fewer payments in the long run.
Additionally, you can qualify if when they died, you were under State Pension age and living in the UK. Besides, your your partner must have either:
If your spouse or partner passed more than 21 months ago, you might still be able to claim bereavement benefits. Contact the Bereavement Service helpline for more information.
The Bereavement Support scheme is broken down to receive a larger initial payment and then 18 monthly payments after that. They might look something like this:
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You must inform your benefits office if you begin receiving bereavement payments. If you qualify for a Child Benefit, you will receive the higher rate. This also applies if you were pregnant at the time of your spouse's or partner's passing. Otherwise, you'll receive the lowest pay.
Know that when you receive any other benefits, your bereavement payments won't affect your other benefits for the first year following your initial payment.
There are three ways you can apply for Bereavement Support Payments. They are:
If you are abroad, you can call the International Pension Centre to apply. Know that in Northern Ireland, you can only submit your claim on the phone or through the post.
To get signed off work for bereavement and get support payments, you must provide the following information:
Following a death, these are the steps to follow, from registering their passing through to dealing with their estate:
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