From 9 April 2001 a new system of bereavement benefits (BB) for
widows and widowers replaced the previous widow's benefits (WB).
For details of WB before 9 April 2001 see
BB replace the WB previously available only to widows of working age, but the changes do not affect those receiving WB before 9 April 2001. Widows receiving widowed mother's allowance (see EIM76177) or widow's pension (see EIM76178) before that date, who meet the previous entitlement conditions, continue to receive WB.
These benefits are available to people who were legally married or in a civil partnership but are not available to:
There are three types of BB:
If claimants ask for advice and/or help in claiming BB they should be directed to the nearest Benefit Agency Office.