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Bereavement Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of David Chaytor David Chaytor Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for bereavement benefits there were in each of the last five years; how many were submitted by individuals in receipt of incapacity benefit; and how many were successful in each case.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

holding answer 23 March 2005

Bereavement Benefit was introduced in April 2001. Information on the number of claims is not available. The available information on the number of recipients is in the table.

Bereavement Benefit recipients in Great Britain -- Number
2002 2003 2004
All bereavement benefit recipients in Great Britain 36,300 43,600 45,300
Widowed parents allowance recipients in Great Britain 13,400 20,100 25,300
Bereavement allowance recipients in Great Britain 22,900 23,500 20,000
Bereavement Benefit recipients also receiving IB/SDA 2,000 1,800 1,200


1.Bereavement benefit data is taken as at March each year. Incapacity benefits data is taken as at February each year.

2.Numbers are rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

3.Incapacity benefit (IB) and severe disability allowance (SDA) figures include all IB, SDA and credits-only cases. The figures include those cases where IB/SDA entitlement is extinguished by the overlapping benefit rules.


Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample

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