This is a one-off, tax-free lump sum sum payment of £2,000 which is payable immediately to help with costs arising on bereavement. It can be paid in addition to Widowed Parent's Allowance or Bereavement Allowance.
This is a weekly benefit payable to widows and widowers aged 45 or over without dependent children. It is payable for 52 weeks following the date of widowhood. The weekly rate of Bereavement Allowance payable to a widow or widower aged between 45 and 54 is related to their age at the date of entitlement.
This is a weekly benefit payable to widowed parents who satisfy the qualifying conditions.
In recognition that some deceased husbands or wives were unable to work because they were caring for their family, there is flexibility called Home Responsibility Protection (HRP). This can be awarded for years in which people did not work due to family caring responsibilities, and reduces the number of years needed for eligibility.
All Benefits are subject to certain criteria and eligibility and there is a general time limit of 3 months for claiming Social Security payments.
Forms and further information are available from your local Jobcentre Plus, Social Security Office. The form can be also found at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/claimforms/bb1_print.pdf.
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