Bereavement Benefits: Cohabitation

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to allow surviving members of cohabiting couples to access bereavement benefits.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Bereavement Benefits are contributory benefits and it is a founding principle of the contributory benefits system that rights derived from another person’s contributions should be based on the concept of legal marriage or civil partnership. Moreover, proving that cohabitation existed could be a complex process likely to cause distress at a time of bereavement.

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