188.8.131.52 When do bereavement payments apply
Bereavement payments are made as a temporary continuation of a person's payment or as a lump sum payment. The temporary continuation of a person's payment where they otherwise may no longer be eligible for that payment makes it easier for survivors to adjust to changed financial circumstances after a death. Lump sum payments are designed to assist eligible social security recipients with the immediate expenses associated with a death.
Bereavement payments may be paid in respect of:
- a single pension recipient
- a partner
- a care receiver, or
- a dependent child.
Bereavement payments for adults
Bereavement payments for adults, including payments made in respect of a single pensioner, partner or care receiver, are outlined in subsequent topics.
Bereavement payments for dependent children
Bereavement payments for people receiving a social security payment in respect of a dependent child are outlined in subsequent topics.
Information about FTB and related issues such as bereavement payments can be found in the FA Guide.