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Families still denied bereavement support payments after court ruling

Grieving families still being denied help a year after landmark High Court ruling

Married couples and those in civil partnership can claim £9,800 through Bereavement Support Payment if their partner dies

Bereaved unmarried parents are still being denied thousands of pounds of vital support, a year after a landmark High Court ruling.

Married couples and those in civil partnership can claim £9,800 through Bereavement Support Payment if their partner dies — a £3,500 initial lump sum plus 18 monthly payments of £350.

A judge ruled the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was breaching human rights by not giving help to children of unmarried parents — but the Government is yet to act.

Some 1,600 families with more than 2,800 children have been denied the cash since the ruling, the Childhood Bereavement Network says.

A DWP spokesman says it will extend the support and is ‘considering the detail and implementation which we will outline in due course.’

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