How to claim bereavement benefits

You don’t claim for each benefit separately. To start your claim you can:Contact the DWP Bereavement Service. They will do a quick check of what benefits you may be able to get, and take your claim over the phone.Phone 0345 606 0265 (0345 606 0275 if ...

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Widowed parent’s allowance

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is a regular payment you can get if:You’re under State Pension ageYour husband, wife or civil partner had paid enough National Insurance contributions, and eitherYou have at least one child you’re either getting Child Benefit ...

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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 ...

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Other help

The hospital may arrange the funeral of someone who dies in hospital if they cannot trace the person’s relatives, or if their relatives can’t afford to pay for the funeral. The hospital may make a claim on the person’s estate to pay for the funeral.If ...

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When a war pensioner dies

We may pay expenses of £2,200 towards the cost of a funeral where a veteran dies and:Death was due to serviceWar Pensions Constant Attendance Allowance was being paid or would have been paid had the pensioner not been in hospital when they ...

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How do I claim?

You will need to fill in a claim form.Go to www.gov.uk/browse/benefits and download the claim form SF200. Then print it out, fill it in by hand and post it to us. For more information, please contact Jobcentre Plus.Also, you should contact the DWP ...

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Funeral payments

If you or your partner are on a low income and have to arrange a funeral, you may get some help with the costs. A Funeral Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment to help cover the necessary costs of a funeral. This includes: The necessary costs of a ...

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Other pensions and payments

There may be pensions or lump sums payable from a trade union, professional body or other association, or from a provident club which pays benefit when a member dies.If the person was getting a benefit before they died, there may be some of that benefit...

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Employer’s pension schemes or personal pensions

Many employers provide workplace pension schemes through work that pay a lump sum to help with funeral costs and sometimes pension benefits for a person’s surviving husband, wife, civil partner or even children. You should check to see if the person who...

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If someone has arranged to pay for their own funeral

There may be money to pay for the funeral from money the person has left behind (their ‘assets’) or through schemes and pensions that they paid into during their life.After someone dies, their bank account is ‘frozen’, unless it is a joint account. You ...

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Paying for the funeral

Funerals can be expensive. So remember to check where the money for the funeral will come from before making any arrangements. Otherwise, you may have to pay the bill yourself.Check first whether the person who has died had made any plans to pay for the...

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