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.’