Replacement of existing Bereavement Benefits for new claims from April 2016: Bereavement Benefits for the 21st century (in Great Britain)

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This impact assessment concerns reforms to Bereavement Benefit as outlined in the Government consultation, subsequent response, and ad-hoc research. The proposals for the reformed benefit, Bereavement Support Payment (BSP), starting in 2016/17at the earliest aims to: simplify the payment system by moving to a more uniform structure, with support focused on the period immediately following bereavement; and simplify the contribution conditions, with a single rule irrespective of age and child dependent status. The policy options considered are: the baseline option of doing noting and continuing to pay existing bereavement benefits to qualifiers; and the preferred option of basing entitlement to BSP on a single year of class 1 or 2 National Insurance contributions, being paid in lump sums and installments over 12 months. This latter option recognises the immediate financial impact of bereavement, and people's vulnerability at this time.

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