Have you tried to claim bereavement benefits after the death of your partner? How did you find it? What should be done to improve it?
Two years ago, the government brought in the new Bereavement Support Payment benefit. Now, the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee is holding an inquiry into how people are finding it. We at Sue Ryder want to make sure the voices of bereaved people are heard at the inquiry.
If your husband, wife, partner or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, we’d like to hear more about your experiences, to help shape our feedback to the government.
- Had you heard about the benefit? How did you hear about it?
- Were you able to claim the benefit?
- Was it easy to claim?
- Were you turned down because you weren’t married to your partner or in a civil partnership? Do you think this should change?
- What would you do to improve the system?
Reply to this post by 8 May to share your experience and your views on how the system could be improved. We will use any responses to inform our response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry. We will not share the names of anyone who posts with the Committee.
As part of the same inquiry, we’d also like to hear how you coped with funeral costs.