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