Bereavement Support Payment - Minister calling for an evaluation

Has anyone seen that the Department of Work and Pensions Minister has called for Bereavement Support Payment to be evaluated? This is following a Select Committee inquiry into the benefit - some of you may remember from previous posts that Sue Ryder gave evidence to the inquiry and made recommendations for improving the benefit.

We are now urging the Minister to complete the evaluation as soon as possible. Read more about our recommendations and response to the Minister:

When my husband died I had no idea about this pension, really because I knew no one who had recently lost their husband. The DWP made application etc very simple and for that I am thankful. Having read Sue Ryder’s comments for the review I wholeheartedly support them. I’m not lucky - I’ve lost my husband far, far too soon but I’m lucky that on top of this hell, financial matters are not too much of a concern. For many they will be and this must be reflected in the bereavement support payment. Well done Sue Ryder.

In reply to Cristal

Hi Cristal, it is good to know that you were able to claim easily and thanks for your words of support about our recommendations.

This is so good to here .. it’s been a year now for me so my bereavement payment will stop after Christmas and me and my two young children are struggling so much financially.. we had no insurance no savings and I have been left in so much debts from funerals etc .. it’s hAving such an affect on my health . Stress anxiety hair loss even .. at 37 with two small children I never thought I would end up like this x

In reply to Michelleb

Hi Michelle, I am very sad to hear that you have been left in such a difficult financial situation, that sounds incredibly stressful. You could try contacting Step Change ( for free advice on managing your debt and Turn2Us ( for information on benefits and grants.

I got a letter yesterday enquiring why I haven’t claimed a Bereavement Support Payment? I knew nothing about this benefit at all so I rang the DWP and spoke to a lovely lady who was so helpful. She informed me that he registrar should have told me about this when registering my wife’s death? Anyway it transpires after answering a few questions and tendering my wife’s details I am entitled to it although I may have missed out on my full entitlement due to not claiming earlier? People really need to be informed about this when suffering the loss of a loved one. To some in difficult financial circumstances it could be invaluable.

In reply to Davos55

Hi Davos,

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get the full amount because you weren't made aware of the benefit in time. One of our recommendations to the government was that the deadline for applying be extended from three months to two years, or find a way to make sure it is paid automatically without having to apply.

Has there been any update on this x