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Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is a weekly payment made to a widow, widower or surviving civil partner with dependent children. Your husband, wife or civil partner must usually have died on or after 9 April 2001.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is part of your taxable income.

You can get Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you are bringing up a child or you are a woman expecting your husband’s baby. You can also get Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you are a woman who was living with your civil partner when she died and you are pregnant as a result of fertility treatment.

You must have been under state pension age when your husband, wife or civil partner died, and your spouse or civil partner must have paid enough national insurance contributions for you to get Widowed Parent’s Allowance. The only exception is if their death was caused by an industrial injury or an industrial disease, when it does not matter if enough national insurance contributions had been paid.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is made up of a basic allowance, and in some cases an additional pension on top based on your late husband, wife or civil partner’s earnings.

The amount of the basic Widowed Parent’s Allowance will depend on your late husband, wife or civil partner’s national insurance contributions, unless they died because of an industrial injury or disease.

You can find the current rates of Widowed Parent’s Allowance on the GOV.UK website here: https://www.gov.uk/widowed-parents-allowance/overview 

Widowed Parent’s Allowance is usually paid directly into a bank, building society or Post Office card account. 

You can get Widowed Parent’s Allowance until you stop getting Child Benefit. If this happens within 52 weeks of your husband, wife or civil partner’s death, you can claim Bereavement Allowance for the rest of the 52 weeks.

Payment of Widowed Parent’s Allowance will end earlier if you stop being entitled for a reason not connected to your children, for example, if you get married, register a civil partnership or start living with someone as a couple.

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