What is a Widow’s Pension?

The Widow’s Pension is a pension paid by the government to a widow under the age of 65, if her husband died before April 2001.

After this date Widow’s Pension was replaced by Bereavement Allowance, but widows who were receiving Widow’s Pension continue to receive it until they are no longer eligible.

A widow becomes ineligible to receive Widow’s Pension when she starts receiving the state pension or if she remarries. The amount of money received in the Widow’s Pension depends on the age of the person receiving it, and the contributions made by her husband before he died.

A Widow’s Pension counts as taxable income.

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