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Benefits and help with money after someone dies

Your income and financial circumstances may change if your husband, wife, partner or child dies.

You may be able to get financial support to help you with the loss of someone.

Bereavment benefits and payments

You may be able to get financial help after your bereavement. This includes:

Warning

There are some time limits for when you can apply for benefits, so it's important you start checking what support you could be entitled to as soon as possible.

If your income is lower

Use a benefits calculator or get local benefits advice to find out what you may be entitled to.

Benefits and payments you already get

You'll have to make new applications for some benefits and payments that your husband, wife or civil partner was getting for your family.

The death may also affect benefits you’re already getting. 

Contact the organisations that pay the benefits or payments to you.  

Department for Work and Pensions Bereavement Service

Phone: 0800 731 0469

Textphone: 0800 731 0464

Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469

Find out about call charges.

Social Security Scotland 

Find contact details for Social Security Scotland

Your local council 

Find contact details for your local council

Child Benefit

You'll need to make a new claim for Child Benefit if you were not the person named as the claimant on the original claim form.

Tax credits

You should tell the Tax Credit Office about the death within one month if you've not already heard from them. Phone the Tax Credit Helpline to report the death.

Dealing with the benefits and payments of the person who died 

Report the death to any government organisation who paid benefits to the person who died. 

You should do this as soon as possible after getting the death certificate. 

Contact Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations at the one time.

A registrar will explain the Tell Us Once service when you register a death.

Find more about Tell Us Once on GOV.UK.

Contact the organisation directly 

If you cannot use the Tell Us Once service, you can contact the organisation directly. 

Department for Work and Pensions Bereavement Service

Phone: 0800 731 0469

Textphone: 0800 731 0464

Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 731 0469

Find out about call charges.

Social Security Scotland 

Find contact details for Social Security Scotland

Your local council 

Find contact details for your local council

Tax and pensions

If you get extra money from pensions, annuities, benefits or an inheritance, you may need to pay more tax.

You may be on a lower income and need to pay less tax.

You might also be able to get extra pension payments from your husband, wife or civil partner's pension or National Insurance contributions.

Visit GOV.UK for information on your tax and pension after the death of a spouse.

Help with money and debt

You can get money advice and information from:

Money Talk Team

The Money Talk Team can help you:

  • make the most of your income
  • find out what benefits you can get
  • save money on your bills
  • find out what other money you may be entitled to

You can chat to the Money Talk Team by calling 0800 085 7145, or by setting up a meeting at your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

If you have a late miscarriage

If you lose a baby before 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, you're not entitled to maternity benefits.

If you're an employee, you're entitled to Statutory Sick Pay and you should be able to get compassionate leave.

The Money Advice Service website has information on what support you can get if you have a late miscarriage.

If your baby was stillborn or has died shortly after birth

If your baby was stillborn after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy or has died shortly after birth you may be able to get financial support.

If you're an employee, you may be eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay for a maximum of 39 weeks while you're off work.

You must make your claim within 28 days of your baby's death.

You can also apply for Funeral Support Payment. You must claim within 6 months of date of the funeral.

The Money Advice Service website has information on what support you can get if your baby has died shortly after birth.

Best Start Grant 

You can still get the Pregnancy and Baby Payment part of Best Start Grant for a baby that's stillborn or died after they were born. 

If you're paid when you're pregnant, and your baby is stillborn or dies later, you will not need to pay any money back. 

If you apply after a stillbirth or death, you can apply up to 6 months after the baby's birth date.

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