Reminder for bereaved parents to check eligibility for financial support

the Department for Work and Pensions reminded bereaved parents who lost their partner between 9 April 2001 and 8 February 2023 that they may be eligible for a backdated government payment even if they no longer have dependent children.

The government extended eligibility for Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) and Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) to cohabiting parents with dependent children in February. These benefits were previously only available to bereaved parents who were married or in a civil partnership.

The payments are designed to help with the financial impact of losing a partner and can be backdated to 30 August 2018. Anyone who had dependent children when they lost their cohabiting partner should check GOV.?UK for more information.

Information on BSP, including eligibility criteria, can be found at GOV.?UK and eligibility criteria for WPA can be found here.

Further bereavement help and support can be found here.

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Last updated: 14/11/2023


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