Your income and financial circumstances may change after the death of your husband, wife, partner or child.
You may be able to get financial support to help you deal with the loss of someone close to you.
You'll have to make new claims for some benefits that your husband, wife or civil partner was claiming for your family.
You may be able to get benefits to help with your bereavement:
- Funeral Payments – to help towards the cost of a funeral if you're on a low income
- Bereavement Allowance (previously Widow's Pension) – if you're aged between 45 and State Pension age
- Bereavement Payment – if your husband, wife or civil partner paid National Insurance
- Widowed Parent's Allowance – if you have at least one dependent child
- Guardian's Allowance – if you're looking after a child who is not your own
If you apply for one type, you'll be considered for all available bereavement benefits at the same time.
You'll need to make a new claim for Child Benefit if you weren't the person named as the claimant on the original claim form.
You should tell the Tax Credit Office about the death within one month if you haven't already heard from them. Phone the Tax Credit Helpline to report the death.
If you have a late miscarriage
If you lose a baby before 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, you're not entitled to maternity benefits.
The Money Advice Service website has information on what support you can get if you have a late miscarriage.
If your baby has died shortly after birth
If your baby was stillborn after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, or dies within 4 weeks of 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.
The Money Advice Service website has information on what support you can get if your baby has died shortly after birth.
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
Visit Scotland's Financial Health Service for information on managing your money, finding a local money adviser and how to get help if you're in debt.
You can also get money advice and information from:
- your local Citizen's Advice Bureau
- the Money Advice Service
- Shelter Scotland if you're worried about your home
Financial Health Check
The Financial Health Check service offers money advice to older people and families.
It can show you how to make the most of your income and make sure that you're not paying more than you need to for basic services like gas, electricity and broadband.
It can help you find out:
- what benefits you can get
- how to save money on your bills
- what other money you may be entitled to
You can talk to Financial Health Check advisors by calling 0800 085 7145 or meeting them in person at your local Citizens Advice Bureau.