Bereavement support changes mean many more people can now get help.
Losing a loved one is emotionally devastating, and it can also be an incredibly difficult time financially. Bereavement benefits are cash payments that are designed to help reduce the financial impact of losing a partner.
A recent law change means 10,000s are newly eligible for help. Until recently, bereavement payments were only available if you were married or in a civil partnership. However, a landmark law change in February 2023 means that unmarried parents that lived together who are bereaved are also now eligible for help.
And, for a limited time, this can be claimed for bereavements dating back to 2001 – but you need to apply by 8 February 2024.
Bereavement benefits are only available if you were under state pension age when your partner died.
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