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Bereavement payment

A Bereavement Payment is a tax-free lump-sum payment of £2,000 to help you at the time your husband, wife or civil partner dies.

You can get a Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner paid enough National Insurance contributions, or if their death was caused by their job, and:

  • You were under State Pension age when they died, or
  • They were not entitled to Category A State Pension when they died.

You can’t get a Bereavement Payment if, at the time your husband, wife or civil partner died: 

  • You were divorced from them, or your civil partnership had been legally ended
  • You were living with someone else as if you were married or in a civil partnership with them, or
  • You were in prison or legal custody.

You can claim a Bereavement Payment up to 12 months after your husband, wife or civil partner died.

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