Benefits

If someone close to you has died, you will need to stop any benefits they were getting. You'll also need to stop any benefits you were getting because of their illness or because you were their carer.

If you were receiving Carer's Allowance when the person you cared for died, this will usually continue to be paid for eight weeks from the Sunday after their death. If you were receiving a carer premium or addition as part of your Income Support or Pension Credit, this will also continue for eight weeks.

In most parts of England, Wales and Scotland you can use the government’s Tell Us Once service. Once you’ve registered your loved one’s death, you can report their death online at Tell Us Once or by phone on 0800 085 7308. Tell Us Once will then tell the relevant government departments and local councils about the death. They will cancel your friend or family member’s benefits. And they’ll sort out other things such as cancelling their passport and sorting out personal tax. This means that you don’t have to contact each government department or local council individually.

Marie Curie produce free booklets and other resources for people living with a terminal illness, and their families and friends.