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Bereavement Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner has died you may be able to get a Bereavement Payment, a one-off, lump-sum payment of £2,000 that's tax-free.


You may be able to claim Bereavement Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner had paid their National Insurance contributions (NICs) or their death was caused by their job and either:

  • you were under State Pension age when they died
  • your husband, wife or civil partner was not entitled to Category A state Retirement Benefit when they died.

National Insurance contributions and Bereavement Payment

When you fill in the claim form you'll be asked to give your late husband, wife or civil partner's National Insurance number and details of their recent employment history.

This will allow the office that deals with your claim to look into their National Insurance record and to work out if you qualify for Bereavement Payment.

Who can’t claim?

You can't get Bereavement Payment if any of the following apply:

  • you were divorced from your late husband or wife or the civil partnership had dissolved at the time of the civil partner's death
  • you’re living with another person as husband, wife or civil partner
  • you’re in prison.

How much do you get?

The £2,000 payment is a one-off tax-free lump sum.

How to claim

To claim phone 0845 608 8601.

Bereavement Payment leaflet

Download the Bereavement Payment leaflet (pdf 89KB)

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