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Carer’s Allowance v Bereavement Benefit

Liz M
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My client was receiving Carer’s Allowance in respect of her husband who has now passed away.  I know that she will be entitled to an 8 week run on but she has now claimed Bereavement Allowance which is an over lapping benefit (she has also claimed Universal Credit).
I think that as Carer’s Allowance is the higher of the 2 benefits, she will receive that plus the Carer’s premium on her UC but I am not sure what will happen with her Bereavement Allowance claim.  Is it held open and then put into payment automatically when the Carer’s Allowance run on ends ,or will she need to reclaim?

Also if she chose to receive Bereavement Allowance would she be considered to have an underlying entitlement to Carer’s and therefore get the Carer’s premium with her UC?

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She is entitled to bereavement benefit, it’s simply that it’s not paid due to CA exceeding, so when CA stops, then the bereavement benefit should come into payment afaik.

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A new claim would be for Bereavement Support Payment, not Bereavement Allowance?

BSP is not an overlapping benefit, and is ignored by UC.

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Are you sure she’s claimed Bereavement Allowance? That has been phased out, and she would normally now claim Bereavement Support Payment, which is not included in the overlapping benefit rules.

EDIT: Snap!

Liz M
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Whoops meant Bereavement Support Payment.

So am I right in thinking that as Bereavement Support Allowance is not an earnings replacement benefit you can get that as well as the Carer’s allowance run on?

[ Edited: 23 Nov 2021 at 02:17 pm by Liz M ]
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Well spotted, yes BSP isn’t an overlapping benefit so looks like can be paid alongside CA as well.