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.   

Jobseekers Allowance

If you are on a low income, not have too much savings and are available for and actively seeking work, you may be able to get Jobseekers Allowance. Sometimes, you will have to claim  Universal Credit instead. 

Income Support

You can claim Income Support if you are a lone parent with a child under 5 or you are a carer on a low income with not too much savings.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You can claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a health condition of disability which affects your ability to work.    

Universal CreditIf you are single, have no dependants, are fit for work and satisfy other criteria, you may be able to get Universal Credit.
Tax Credits

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

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

Pension Credit

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

Housing Benefit

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

Council Tax Reduction

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

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)