Entitlement help

I was widowed in 2016,I was 43 years of age.Until this day I have never had any financial help from any government agency.Is there anything I am entitled to or should have claimed.I am self employed,but apparently I am not entitled to any help with anything because I receive a pension from late husbands employer,which in reality is less than an average household monthly income.I just find it unfair that my husband worked from the age of 16 until 3 months before he died at the age of 48,paid tax and NI all those years and I have been left in the cold.I am just looking for advice and guidance if available. Thanks

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  • Rubyroobs
    Rubyroobs Posts: 863 Forumite
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    Bereavement support payment ? Not sure if you can still claim after so long though?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Posts: 15,696 Forumite
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    BSP was introduced in 2017. Preceded by Bereavement Payment. Fairly sure it will be too late to claim now.
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  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,028 Forumite
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    You had to be aged 45 or older to receive Bereavement Allowance.

    As you were 43 then you were not eligible 
  • tacpot12
    tacpot12 Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    The tax and NI he paid were his contribution to the cost of running the country, and for his pension. If you want a state pension for yourself, you have to make the NI contributions yourself. I don't think this is unfair. 

    I think you are in quite a good position considering you are only 43 but already have an income you don't have to work for.
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always try to check official information sources before relying on my posts.
  • Tacpot12,an income I don't have to work for,I had to become a widow to receive that income,not highly recommended. I am only looking for a bit of assistance.I find it unfair that there is an age put on when you become a widow for you to be eligible for any help.
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