Widowed Parent’s Allowance

You may be able to get Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you are widowed under State Pension Age and you have at least one dependent child.


You may get Widowed Parent’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

  • You are under State Pension Age
  • You are entitled to Child Benefit for at least one child and your late husband/wife/partner was their parent
  • Your late husband/wife/civil partner paid National Insurance contributions, or they died as the result of an industrial accident or disease.

You may also claim if you are pregnant and your husband has died, or if you are pregnant from fertility treatment and your civil partner has died.

You can’t claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you: budgeting-loan-social-fund-300x199

  •  Were divorced from your husband/wife/civil partner when they died.
  • Remarry or are living with another person as if you are married to them.
  • Were over State Pension Age when you were widowed
  • You are in in prison.

You may also be eligible for Bereavement Allowance or a Bereavement Payment.

What you could get:

The amount you receive is based upon how much National Insurance contributions your late husband/wife/civil partner paid. The maximum Widowed Parent’s Allowance is £112.55 per week. You can receive the allowance until you stop being entitled to Child Benefit. if your WPA ends within 52 weeks of your husband/wife/civil partner’s death, you could get Bereavement Allowance for the rest of the 52 weeks.

How to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance

If you believe you are entitled to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance, you can download a Bereavement Benefits Pack (form BB1) or order it over the phone from your local Job Centre Plus. The pack will contain notes to help you fill in the form. Alternatively, you can apply over the phone by contacting HMRC.

Ensure that you claim within three months of your spouse dying to make sure that you do not miss out on any money.