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 March 2019, 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.

Bereavement Support Payment on GOV.UK


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

Funeral Support Payment on MYGOV.SCOT