Benefits following a death

You may be eligible for the following benefits, following a death.

This is a summary of the main criteria for information only. Any award will be subject to application and meeting the full eligibility criteria. If you would like more details or need advice, contact the welfare rights team.

This information is correct at the date of publishing on 1 December 2020, but may be subject to change.


Bereavement Support Payment

This payment is made to the spouse or civil partner of the deceased as a one-off payment and as a weekly allowance for 18 months. The payment is made at one of two rates depending on whether you are responsible for children. You must be below state pension age to claim this payment and your spouse or civil partner must have made sufficient National Insurance contributions.

Find out more about Bereavement Support Payment


Funeral Support Payment

This payment may be made for people on a low income who live in Scotland and are receiving certain benefits. This payment is to help pay for a funeral. The payment will only cover certain expenses

Find out more about Funeral Support Payment


Council Tax Reduction

You may qualify for help to pay your Council Tax if you are on a low income, out of work or have little or no savings. The amount of Council Tax Reduction you receive depends on your circumstances.

Apply for Council Tax Reduction