You could be entitled to bereavement allowance if:
- You were 45 and over, but below the age for State Pension when your husband, wife or civil partner died.
- They had paid enough towards their National Insurance contributions.
- Their death was caused due to their job.
You cannot get Bereavement Allowance if, at the time your husband, wife or civil partner died:
- You were divorced, or your civil partnership to them had been legally ended.
- You were living with someone else, as if you were married or in a civil partnership.
- You were in prison or legal custody.
*You must claim within three months of your husband’s, wife’s or civil partner’s death, or you may lose benefit.*