New Bereavement Support Payment  Picture of the DWP sign outside their head office

The current bereavement benefits (Bereavement Allowance, Bereavement Payment, Widowed Parent’s Allowance) will be replaced with the new Bereavement Support Payment (BSP). This will be introduced for new claims from 6 April 2017.

People already receiving the old bereavement benefits will continue to do so for the lifetime of their awards.

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.