Widowed Parents Allowance
Widowed Parents Allowance is payable to parents who spouse / partner has died.
- If you’re widowed below State Pension age and have at least one dependent child you could claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance
- You may also claim if you’re pregnant and your husband has died, or you’re pregnant after fertility treatment and your civil partner has died
- You can get Widowed Parent’s Allowance until you stop getting Child Benefit
- The amount you get is based on how much your late husband, wife or civil partner paid in National Insurance contributions (NICs). In some cases, you may be entitled to an additional pension. The maximum Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) is £108.30 a week
- If your husband, wife or civil partner died as a result of an industrial accident or disease, you may claim WPA even if they didn’t pay NICs
- You can get WPA until you stop receiving Child Benefit. If your WPA ends within 52 weeks of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death, you may be able to get Bereavement Allowance for the rest of the 52 weeks
- The benefit cap puts a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. The benefit cap started to affect some local councils from 15 April 2013.
All Benefits come with a number of 'conditions of eligibility'. To get independent help, information and advice, pop into the Portland Centre and we will be happy to run through all the conditions to make sure you never loose out through not knowing.
If you need help with making sure you get everything you are entitled to, just call us on 01305 824333 or email us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre Staff member, to receive immediate assistance.