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Bereavement Support Payment

What is it?

Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) is a benefit paid to people whose husband, wife or civil partner has recently died.

BSP is paid as a lump sum of £3,000 plus weekly payments for up to 78 weeks.

Basic qualifying conditions

You may qualify for BSP if –

  • your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017;
  • you are under state pension age;
  • you were ordinarily resident in the Isle of Man or in certain other countries when your husband, wife or civil partner died; and
  • your late husband, wife or civil partner paid enough National Insurance contributions in the Isle of Man or in certain other countries, or they died as a result of an accident at work or a disease caused by work.

You cannot qualify for BSP if –

  • your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017;
  • you were over state pension age when they died;
  • you were not ordinarily resident in the Isle of Man or in certain other countries when your husband, wife or civil partner died;
  • your late husband, wife or civil partner did not pay enough any National Insurance contributions in the Isle of Man or in certain other countries, and their death was not as a result of an accident at work or a disease caused by work;
  • you were not married to, or in a civil partnership with, the deceased person when they died; or
  • you are in prison. 

How much could I get?

If you qualify for BSP you will get a lump sum payment of £3,000 plus weekly payments for up to 78 weeks.

How will I be paid?

BSP can be paid directly into your bank or building society account, or you can collect it from the Post Office using a “MiCard”

How and when should I claim?

You should claim BSP as soon as you can but not later than 3 months after your husband, wife or civil partner died. If you delay claiming you may lose some benefit.

Please download the claim form from this webpage. Once you have completed the claim form send it to:

Pensions Group

Social Security Division

First Floor

Markwell House

Market Street

Douglas

IM1 2RZ

Telephone:+44 1624 685176

More information

If you get BSP it will not affect any other social security benefits you get.

Your BSP will not stop if you remarry, form a new civil partnership or co-habit with another person as if you were married or civil partners.

The lump sum payment of BSP is not taxable but weekly payments of BSP are taxable.

If your husband, wife or civil partner died before 6 April 2017 please click here: death and bereavement webpage.

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