Bereavement Allowance is a regular payment which you can get if:

  • You were 45 or over but below State Pension age when your husband, wife or civil partner died, and either
  • They had paid enough National Insurance contributions, or
  • Their death was caused by their job.

You can’t get Bereavement Allowance if, at the time your husband, wife or civil partner died:

  • You were divorced from them or your civil partnership had been legally ended
  • You were living with someone else as if you were married or in a civil partnership with them, or
  • You were in prison or legal custody.

You must claim within three months of your husband’s, wife’s or civil partner’s death, or you may lose benefit.