Bereavement Benefits consists of three main benefit payments 1) The Bereavement Payment (one off payment to payable to widow/widower if his/her late spouse had paid enough National Insurance contributions (NIC) and he/she was under 60 when her spouse died; or their husband/wife was not getting a Category A State Pension when he /she died) 2) Widowed Parents Allowance (Weekly benefit payable to widow/widower receiving Child Benefit) 3) Bereavement Allowance weekly benefit to people aged 45-pensionable age with no dependent children based on their late spouses NIC record and is payable for a maximum of 52 weeks from the date of bereavement)
Source: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Publisher: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Geographies: Local Authority District (LAD), County/Unitary Authority, Government Office Region (GOR), National
Geographic coverage: Great Britain
Time coverage: 2002 to 2009
Type of data: Administrative data
Notes: A widow/widower cannot get bereavement benefits based on their late spouses NIC if: he/she had been divorced from the man/woman who died, or he/she was living with the man/woman as if they were married to them but without being legally married; or he/she is living with another man/woman as if they were married to them; or he/she was in prison or held in legal custody.