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What to do when someone dies

Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) You may be able to receive Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) if your husband, wife or civil partner died in the last 21 months. Eligibility Bereavement Support Payment is not means-tested. This means what you earn or how much you have in savings will not affect what you get. It’s usually paid as a one-off payment followed by up to 18 monthly payments. This may change depending on when you make your claim. You must claim within 3 months of your partner’s death to get the full amount. However, you may still be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment if your partner’s cause of death was confirmed more than 21 months after the death. When your partner died, you must have been: • under State Pension age • living in the UK or a country that pays bereavement benefits • your partner must have either: • paid National Insurance contributions for at least 25 weeks in one tax year since 6 April 1975 • died because of an accident at work or a disease caused by work You cannot claim Bereavement Support Payment if you’re in prison.

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