Government agrees better support for bereaved familiesJanuary 16, 2017 // No Comments
The new modernised Bereavement Support Payment was announced on 12 January 2017 by Minister for Welfare Delivery Caroline Nokes. It will be introduced for those bereaved from 6 April 2017. It aims to provide more accessible help for spouses and civil partners in the difficult period following a family death.
Bereavement Support Payment replaces the outdated and complex 3-tier system of Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
The old Bereavement Allowance was only available to people aged over 45 at the time their spouse or civil partner died. The new benefit is available to people of any age up to state pension age, and extends support from 12 to 18 months. In addition, the new payment will now not be taxed, and will be subject to a disregard in the calculation of means-tested benefits and the benefit cap, helping those on the lowest incomes by providing extra cash at a time when it is needed.