Bereavement Support Payment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 19th April 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 she will make an assessment of the effect of the 18 week limit for bereavement support payments on the time available to families to grieve before returning to work.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) is paid as an initial larger payment followed by up to 18 smaller monthly instalments. It provides targeted support to help with the immediate costs of bereavement rather than being an income replacement for on-going living expenses. The period of payment is not intended to equate to the period of grief following a bereavement.

The Government has made a commitment to review the impacts of BSP once sufficient evidence is available to assess all aspects of the policy.

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