What is Widowed Parent’s Allowance?

Widowed Parent’s Allowance replaced Widowed Mother’s Allowance in 2001.

It is money paid by the government to someone who is responsible for bringing up children, after their spouse or partner dies. It is payable if the deceased partner paid National Insurance contributions, or if they died as the result of an accident or illness suffered at work. You can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you have your husband’s baby after his death.

The basic rate of Widowed Parent’s Allowance is £100.70 per week. The same rate applies, no matter how many children you look after. Widowed Parent’s Allowance is not means-tested, which means that it is usually payable to anyone eligible, whether or not they are earning a wage. However, it may affect any other benefits that you are receiving, including Child Benefit.

You cannot claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance if you remarry, or start living with a new partner.