Widowed Parent's Allowance

If you’re a parent whose husband, wife or civil partner died on or before 5 April 2017 and you have at least one child you receive Child Benefit for, you may be getting Widowed Parent's Allowance.

You can no longer make a new claim for Widowed Parent’s Allowance. You should apply for Bereavement Support Payment instead.  

How much you will get

The amount you get is based on how much your late husband, wife or civil partner paid in National Insurance contributions. In some cases, you may be entitled to an additional pension. The maximum Widowed Parent’s Allowance is £119.90 a week.

​What to do if your circumstances change

Widowed Parent’s Allowance can affect the amount you are paid of other benefits so it's important you tell the Bereavement Benefits section or Jobs and Benefits office if your circumstances change, for example:

  • you remarry
  • you start to live with a partner as husband and wife or as if you had formed a civil partnership

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