Changes to Bereavement Benefits
It has been just over a month since the cuts to bereavement benefits came into effect.
In an attempt to ‘modernise’ the system, the Government replaced the Widowed Parent’s Allowance - the long term financial safety net that widowed parents have received from the Government since 1946 - with the new, short term Bereavement Support Payments. Under this system, 91% of newly widowed parents will receive financial support for a shorter period of time – just 18 months in fact, as opposed to up to 20 years under the previous policy.
In response to these changes, we brought together a new taskforce of experienced individuals and thought leaders from a number of authoritative organisations to help those affected by widowhood and bereavement.
Now, less than a year since the UK was shocked by the murder of MP Jo Cox, her widow Brendan Cox talks to the task force about his experience of grief: