Bereavement support

graham8457
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edited 8 December 2023 at 1:15PM in Benefits & tax credits
Hi my husband died in February 2021 in a accident at work, we didn’t live together but we’re still married, I have two children, would I be able to claim bereavement support. 
Many thanks 

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  • marcia_
    marcia_ Posts: 1,503
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     If you were legally married yes you can claim even if you lived apart. 
  • Wonka_2
    Wonka_2 Posts: 610
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    marcia_ said:
     If you were legally married yes you can claim even if you lived apart. 
    But according to the eligibility criteria that only works if death was in the last 21 months - if it was before that it can be backdated but only if living together as if married at the time of death

    Bereavement Support Payment: Eligibility - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • marcia_
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     I didn't realise the backdating only applied to those not married 
  • HillStreetBlues
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    edited 8 December 2023 at 1:47PM
    marcia_ said:
     I didn't realise the backdating only applied to those not married 
    Yes, as those people weren't entitled to it at the time, so they couldn't claim for it.

    Being married the OP was entitled to it at the time so that extension doesn't apply.
    The 21 month time limit has expired but different rules if waiting  for cause of death.

    Let's Be Careful Out There
  • Thank you for your reply, could I still apply for the bereavement fund if I was claiming benefits as a single parent and living separately but still married, many thanks 
  • marcia_
    marcia_ Posts: 1,503
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    Thank you for your reply, could I still apply for the bereavement fund if I was claiming benefits as a single parent and living separately but still married, many thanks 
     As stated above i was wrong and you can not claim it as you are out of time.
  • Only if the cause of death became know in the last 21 months.
    Ideally a person need to claim in the first 3 months as then they will get full payment (lump sum + 18 months of payments) every month they wait after that they lose a months payment. So if a person waits 6 months then would only get lump sum + 15 months of payments.
    Let's Be Careful Out There
  • sheramber
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    Thank you for your reply, could I still apply for the bereavement fund if I was claiming benefits as a single parent and living separately but still married, many thanks 
    You are  out of time to claim for support as a married couple.

    To claim as an unmarried partner you need to have been living together so you  would  not be eligible as you were not living together.

    Unfortunately, there is nothing you can claim now.
  • Hi. Trying to ask a question regarding the statement that says bereavement payments for those “with or without” children. 
    All the responses seem to say that you must be in receipt of child benefit, so I’m confused. Can anyone help please?
  • marcia_
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    saxobird said:
    Hi. Trying to ask a question regarding the statement that says bereavement payments for those “with or without” children. 
    All the responses seem to say that you must be in receipt of child benefit, so I’m confused. Can anyone help please?
    https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment


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