Bereavement Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in Bereavement Benefits in (1) 2013–2014, (2) 2014–2015, (3) 2015–2016, and (4) 2016–2017.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate the costs of Bereavement Support Payments will be in the fiscal years (1) 2017–2018, (2) 2018–2019, (3) 2019–2020, (4) 2020–2021, (5) 2021–2022, and (6) 2022–2023.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with children received either Bereavement Benefit or Bereavement Support Payments in the fiscal years (1) 2013–2014, (2) 2014–2015, (3) 2015–2016, and (4) 2016–2017.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with children they estimate will receive Bereavement Support Payments in the fiscal years (1) 2017–2018, (2) 2018–2019, (3) 2019–2020, (4) 2020–2021, (5) 2021–2022, and (6) 2022–2023.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people without children in full-time education received Bereavement Benefit in the fiscal years (1) 2013–2014, (2) 2014–2015, (3) 2015–2016, and (4) 2016–2017.

Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many households without children in full-time education are expected to receive Bereavement Support Payments in the fiscal years (1) 2017–18, (2) 2018–19, (3) 2019–20, (4) 2020–21, (5) 2021–22, and (6) 2022–23.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Benefit Expenditure and Caseload Tables are published by the department after each fiscal event and contain outturn and forecast expenditure for all Bereavement Related Benefits including Widow’s Pension (WP), Widowed Mother’s Allowance (WMA), Bereavement Allowance (BA), Widowed Parent’s Allowance (WPA) and Bereavement Support Payment (BSP). Table 1 shows expenditure on Bereavement Related Benefits for the requested years from the latest release of these tables published after Spring Statement 2018. Table 2 shows forecast expenditure on Bereavement Support Payments, also from the same source.

Table 1: Outturn Expenditure, £m 2018/19 prices

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Bereavement Related Benefits

629

607

601

576

Table 2: Forecast Expenditure, £m, 2018/19 prices

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Bereavement Support Payment

115

199

206

203

198

195

The department publishes caseload information on Bereavement Benefits and Widow’s Benefits recipients on on-line via Stat Xplore. These can be broken down by benefit type to show which claims have dependent children. Table 3 below shows caseload data from November of the requested years from Stat Xplore. The caseload is the number of claims in payment during the month in question.

Table 3: Caseload

Nov-13

Nov-14

Nov-15

Nov-16

Caseload

WMA or WPA with dependent children

46,300

45,300

44,200

43,100

WP, BA or WMA/WPA without dependent children

50,100

47,700

46,200

45,700

The forecast volume of claimants for Bereavement Support Payment, broken down by whether the claim is Standard Rate or Higher Rate is shown in Table 4. Claimants with dependent children and entitled to Child Benefit, or who were pregnant, when their husband, wife or civil partner died will get the higher rate. These forecasts are consistent with the caseload forecasts published in the Spring Statement 2018 Benefit Expenditure and Caseload Tables, and represent average caseloads over the full financial year.

Table 4: Bereavement Support Payment Forecast Caseload

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Caseload - Standard Rate

19,000

49,000

53,000

53,000

54,000

53,000

Caseload - Higher Rate

3,000

8,000

9,000

9,000

9,000

9,000

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