Bereavement benefits changes slash help for newly-widowed parents

Under government changes that came into force on 6 April 2017 bereavement benefits have been replaced by the Bereavement Support Payment. This affects all those with a husband, wife or civil partner who has died since 6 April 2017.

A recent CPAG briefing cited estimates that 91% of newly-bereaved parents will be supported for a shorter time and 75% will be worse off in cash terms (by £12k for the average working parent but by over £30k in certain circumstances). Those with younger children will be disproportionately badly affected.

Perennial’s nationwide team of professional, highly trained caseworkers and debt advisers are available to help if you, or someone you know, is affected by the changes. Perennial’s Director of Services, Sheila Thomson, says:

“We can provide on-going advice and support to anyone working in or retired from horticulture who is recently bereaved. Our help extends to partners and dependent children so do please contact us if you need support. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be devastating, especially when children are involved, without the added pressure of arranging financial support, sorting out benefits and navigating the minefield of paperwork that needs to be completed. Our team is ready to take some of that pressure off so do get in touch by phone or email.”

For more information about the new Bereavement Support Allowance visit the Government website here:

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