Using the Bereavement Allowance Contact Number
In the event that your husband, wife, or civil partner should pass away, it may be possible for you to claim Bereavement Allowance for a certain period of time. Whether this is the case will depend on your current age, along with various other factors relating to your personal circumstances and those of your deceased partner. If you would like to ask any questions about this benefit or talk to somebody about making a claim, you can call 0843 506 0438, which is a Bereavement Allowance contact number that can be used by people in all parts of the country. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be very difficult and no amount of money will make it easier from an emotional perspective. However, this government benefit could make your life just a little better from a financial perspective, during those first few weeks and months after your loss, which is why it is well worth looking into if you think you may be eligible to make a claim.
Factors That Will Be Taken into Consideration
- Your Age – You must have been 45 years or older at the time of death, but still under the current applicable state pension age, use this state pension age checker to be sure.
- Your Relationship Status – If you remarry or form a civil partnership with somebody else, you will not be entitled to claim this benefit. This rule also applies if you are living with someone as if you were married or in a civil partnership. Most widows and widowers will, of course, not be affected by this particular factor but we mention it here for the sake of completeness.
- Whether You Have Any Dependent Children or Not – If you are still bringing up children in your home, you cannot claim this particular benefit but you could still be eligible for Widowed Parent’s Allowance so it is worth calling the government benefits experts to discuss your situation no matter what your parental status happens to be. If you do not have dependent children, you should call the Bereavement Allowance and Bereavement Payment number to speak to someone about making a claim; if, on the other hand, you think that your children are considered as dependants by the state, calling the department that deals with Widowed Parent’s Allowance is your best option. In the event you should call the wrong number, the people you speak with will be more than happy to tell you who you should be speaking to in order to get the information you need.
- Your Partner’s Previous Employment Status – If your deceased partner was making National Insurance payments at the time of his or her death, you should be entitled to claim Bereavement Allowance. If they died due to either industrial accident or disease, you should be entitled to make a claim regardless of their N.I. contribution status. To clarify whether you qualify for the benefit according to this particular consideration, call the Bereavement Allowance contact number and ask for help.
FAQ Regarding Bereavement Allowance and Associated Benefits
Below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions about bereavement benefits:
- How Long Will I Receive Payments? – Bereavement Allowance is payable for up to 52 weeks from the date that your wife, husband, or civil partner passes away.
- How Much Will I Get? – The amount that you are awarded will depend on your age at the time of the death of your partner and on the level of their N.I. contributions. At the time of writing, the maximum weekly rate for someone who is 45 years of age and whose partner made enough N.I. contributions is £33.77 a week. For a 55-year-old in the same situation, the maximum weekly payment is £112.55. You may also be entitled to a lumps sum payment, which can be used to defray funeral costs or for any other purpose you see fit. Calling the Bereavement Allowance or Bereavement Payment number is the best course of action to take if you would like figures for either benefit on which you know you can rely completely.
- How Do I Make a Claim? – You can either complete a form, which is available online or by post, or you can make a claim by phone. If you decide on the latter course of action, you can start your new claim by calling the bereavement service helpline during office hours. Lines are manned from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, excepting official holidays.
- What if I Am Claiming Other Benefits? – You will still be able to make a claim if you are currently in receipt of other government benefits but you may find that the amount you receive for this or other benefits is affected by your claim.
When to Call the Bereavement Allowance Contact Number
As soon as you feel able to deal with the matter, it is a good idea to talk to someone in a position of authority about making a claim for this benefit. You may not feel like doing anything practical at such a difficult time in your life but a little financial aid could help to ease the stress that you feel following the death of a partner with whom you enjoyed many happy times.