Benefits and bereavement

Find out what bereavement related benefits you may be able to get.

For further information including how to claim, click on the links below or you can phone the DWP's Bereavement Service on 0345 606 0265.   

BenefitDescription
Funeral Payment

If you are on a low income and need help to pay for a funeral you're arranging, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment.   

Bereavement Support PaymentYou may be able to get a Bereavement Support Payment if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.
Bereavement Payment

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you may be able to get a Bereavement Payment which is a one-off lump-sum payment of £2,000.  

Bereavement Allowance

You may be able to claim Bereavement Allowance for up to 52 weeks from the date of death of your husband, wife or civil partner if they died before 6 April 2017.

Widowed Parent's Allowance

If you are a parent whose husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017 and you have at least one child, who you receive Child Benefit for, you may be able to get Widowed Parent's Allowance.

War Widow's/Widower's Pension

War Widow's/Widower's Pension is a tax-free pension you may be entitled to if your wife, husband or civil partner died as a result of their service in HM Armed Forces or during a time of war before 6 April 2005.  

Armed Forces Compensation Payment

Armed Forces Compensation Payment is a tax-free pension you may be entitled to if your wife, husband or civil partner died as a result of their service in HM Armed Forces or during a time of war after 6 April 2005.   

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

(for families with three children or more only)

Provides basic living costs if you are unemployed (or working less than 16 hours a week) and are actively seeking work.

Income Support

(for families with three children or more only)

Provides basic living costs if you meet certain criteria.

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

(for families with three or more children only)

Provides basic living costs if you are unable to work because of illness or disability.

Universal Credit

(for families with less than three children)

If you are making a new claim for benefit (including help to cover rent or mortgage costs) or if you are in receipt of certain benefits and you have a change in circumstances then you will have to make an application for Universal Credit.

Tax Credits

(for families with three or more children only)

Child Tax Credit - if you are responsible for a child or young person. 

Working Tax Credit - if you work at least a certain amount of hours per week. 

Pension Credit

You could get Pension Credit if you have reached the State Pension Credit qualifying age and your income is low enough. 

Housing Benefit

(for families with three or more children only)

You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you're on a low income.

Council Tax Reduction

(for families with three or more children only)

You could get Council Tax Reduction to help you pay your Council Tax if you're on a low income.

Turned down for benefit?

If you have been turned down for a benefit or have received a decision that you are not happy about, you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration. If the decision is not revised in your favour, you canappeal against the decision. 

Making a complaint

If you are unhappy with the service you receive in relation to your benefits, you may want to consider making a complaint.

Other available help

Perth & Kinross Council provides a Tell us Once service which means that  other council services and government departments will be notified when you register a death. 

The Money Advice Service has useful information on how to cope with a drop in income after your partner dies. 

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)