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Bereavement Allowance and how to claim

Bereavement Allowance is a benefit for UK Taxpayers whose spouse or civil partner has passed away. Bereavement Allowance replaces the Widow’s Pension, which you may also have heard of.

Your entitlement to Bereavement Allowance, and the amount you can claim, will depend on several factors:

  • How old you are
  • Your living arrangements
  • Whether you are responsible for bringing up children
  • How much National Insurance your spouse or civil partner paid during their working lives

It is important to remember that Bereavement Allowance is a taxable benefit – so you’ll need to pay tax on the amount received, if your total taxable income is above the Personal Allowance.

To apply for Bereavement Allowance, or if you wish to obtain any advice or guidance in relation to Bereavement Allowance, you will need to contact the DWP Bereavement Service. The DWP Bereavement Service Helpline can be contacted on 0800 731 0469.

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