Widow's pension is payable weekly. It can be made up of two elements:
There are no increases for dependent children. The pension can
be paid until the widow reaches 65 but if she retires after
reaching state pension age (60 years) it will usually be replaced
by the state pension. However the pension will stop if the widow
remarries or payment will be suspended if she begins living with a
man as his wife.
A widow cannot get both widow's pension and widowed mother's allowance. If she qualifies for widowed mother's allowance she will get that allowance instead of the pension. Some younger widows do not qualify for any widow's pension. For others the basic pension is payable at reduced rates.
Widow's pension starts to be paid on:
The amount of pension depends on the widow's age at the time of bereavement or when her entitlement to widowed mother's allowance finishes:
A widow will remain in the same widow's pension band until
pension ceases to be paid. The two sets of band are set out on
Widow's pension is taxable.
Widow's pension was replaced by bereavement allowance (see EIM76173) for new claimants on or after 9 April 2001, but widows in receipt of widow's pension before that date continue to receive widow's pension.