MARTIN Lewis is warning Brits not to miss out on claiming £40,000 worth of bereavement payments.
Those who are unmarried, have kids and whose partners have died since 2001 could be owed the whopping sum.
He reminded Brits of the imminent deadline to claim up to £40,000 in backdated bereavement support.
He explained: “The form has to arrive by February 8 – which means if I tell you this time next week, you probably won’t be able to post it in time.
“This is your last chance. This is the last week to do it. Please. This is crucial.”
It comes after one viewer cashed in big after heeding one of his previous warnings.
Sherry wrote: “Thank you for mentioning bereavement support for unmarried parents. I lost my partner unexpectedly whilst I was pregnant and wasn’t entitled to any support.
“I received a backdated payment of over £33,000! This will make a massive difference to our quality of life. I can’t thank you enough.
It comes as more than an estimated 21,000 bereaved households previously denied support can now claim Bereavement Support Payments.
Payments can be worth up to £3,500, plus £350 a month for 18 months for those eligible but the amount varies depending on circumstances.
Last year the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) changed the eligibility rules for Bereavement Support Payments and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
Benefits were previously only available for married couples and those in civil partnerships.
However, fresh rules introduced in February 2023 opened payments up to couples who were living together and had children.
The DWP allowed a 12-month period for newly eligible applicants to backdate their claims.
Now, the Money Saving expert is urging anyone who may be unaware of the changes to check if they are eligible.
This means those who lost their partner before April 6, 2017, might be able to receive the legacy benefit widowed parent’s allowance, should they be found to have been eligible for this on August 30, 2018.
Similarly, a surviving parent who lost their partner on or after April 6, 2017 may be eligible for its replacement, bereavement support payment – should they have been qualified for this on August 30, 2018.
The deadline for claiming is February 8, 2024.
After this, no claims for Widowed Parent’s Allowance will be accepted.
How can I claim bereavement support payments?
If you receive child benefit you will receive the higher rates but in order to receive the full amount, you must claim within the first three months of your partner’s death.
If you are getting bereavement support payment, it won’t affect your other benefits for a year.
After then, the income you get from it will be taken into account for means-tested benefits.
You can apply for bereavement support payment online, by telephone or by post.
To apply, you’ll need:
- Your National Insurance number
- Your bank or building society account details
- The date your partner died
- Your partner’s National Insurance number
The government launched its online claims form on February 9 on a trial basis – so only a limited number of daily applications can be sent through.
You can apply for the benefit over the phone by calling the bereavement service helpline on 0800 151 2012.
To apply by post download the bereavement support payment BSP1 form from the government website, fill it in and return it to the address on the form.