Bereavement support payment (BSP)

The death of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most stressful and emotional times you can experience, and can bring with it extra financial worry. However help is available with funeral costs and financial support for up to 18 months after your bereavement. You may be able to claim a Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) if your husband, wife or civil partner died in the last 21 months.

You must claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to be awarded the full amount; you can claim up to 21 months after their death but will receive fewer monthly payments.

The Bereavement Support Payment has replaced Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow’s Pension), Bereavement Payment, and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

You could be eligible if your partner either:

  • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year, or
  • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work.

When they died, you must have been:

  • under State Pension age, and 
  • living in the UK or a country that pays bereavement benefits.

You cannot claim a BSP if you’re in prison.

If your partner died more than 21 months ago

You may still be able to claim a BSP if your husband, wife or civil partner’s cause of death was confirmed after more than 21 months; call the Bereavement Service helpline.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you may be able to receive a Widowed Parent’s Allowance instead.

If you’re in England, Scotland or Wales.

How to apply

Anyone requiring support with bereavement, should contact the Bereavement Service helpline on 0800 731 0469 or visit the GOV.UK website for more information about funeral payments

Last updated: 04/11/2020 17:27