Bereavement Payment

Bereavement Payment is lump sum benefit available for those individuals whose partner, spouse or husband has died. However, it’s only available to those whose late partner died before 6th April 2017 as the benefit was superseded by the Benefit Support Payment. Both payments are non-means tested and non-taxable.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

In order to make a claim you must be aged over 45 but below the State Pension age. However you may still be able to make a claim if are aged over the State Pension age if your late partner was not getting the State Pension.

Your claim will also depend on the amount of NI contributions your late partner made.


You are unable to make a claim if you were divorced at the time of your late partner’s death or you were living with someone else as part of couple.

How much will I get?

The bereavement payment is a one-off tax free payment of £2,000 that can be paid directly into your bank account or building society. It should be noted this benefit may impact your eligibility to claim other benefits.

How do I make a claim?

By phone

Call the DWP Bereavement Service:

Tel: 0345 606 0265
Textphone: 0345 606 0285

Download a form

You can download this form and return it to…

Bereavement Support Payment,
Mail Handling Site A,
Wolverhampton WV98 2BS

In person

You can also obtain an applicaton form and get help filling it in from your local Job Centre.

What documents do I need to make a claim

You will need to submit original copies of the following documents…

  • Your marriage certificate
  • Your partner’s death certificate
  • Your birth certificate

You can make a claim from the day your parter passes away as the payments will be backed dated (so long as the form is received within 3 months.) If you submit a claim after 3 months the payments will be backdated to the date at which the form was received. If you try and make an application after 18 months of your partner passing away you will not be be able to claim.