Widows Pension

Discussion in 'UK Tax Credits and Benefits' started by Nicky, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. Nicky

    Nicky Guest

    Hi,
    My mother currently receives Widows Pension (IIRO 6/7 years), if she moves
    in wih another chap as a couple, will she lose her Widows Pension?

    TIA

    Nicola
     
    Nicky, Feb 6, 2006
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  2. Nicky

    Robbie Guest

    Nicky wrote:
    > Hi,
    > My mother currently receives Widows Pension (IIRO 6/7 years), if she moves
    > in wih another chap as a couple, will she lose her Widows Pension?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > Nicola
    >
    >


    Yes.

    It might seem unfair, but Widows Benefit was originally introduced as an
    income replacement benefit for women when a husband died. It is based on
    the NI contributions of the deceased.

    When a woman remarries or lives with another man "as husband and wife"
    then the guy was expected to then support the woman.

    Although it harks back to the 1940s, the principle still stands, once a
    Widows Benefit (now called Bereavement Allowance for claims after March
    2001) is in payment, it can only continue so long as the widow isn't
    living with someone as part of a couple.

    See

    http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/Dev_008411.xml.html

    although it relates to Bereavement Allowance, the rules are the same as
    was for WP:

    You cannot get bereavement benefits if you remarry or reform a civil
    partnership or if you live with a partner as if you are married to them
    or as if you have formed a civil partnership (in Scotland, special habit
    and repute provisions apply).

    Robbie
     
    Robbie, Feb 6, 2006
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  3. Nicky

    Nicky Guest

    "Robbie" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Nicky wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> My mother currently receives Widows Pension (IIRO 6/7 years), if she
    >> moves in wih another chap as a couple, will she lose her Widows Pension?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >> Nicola

    >
    > Yes.
    >
    > It might seem unfair, but Widows Benefit was originally introduced as an
    > income replacement benefit for women when a husband died. It is based on
    > the NI contributions of the deceased.
    >
    > When a woman remarries or lives with another man "as husband and wife"
    > then the guy was expected to then support the woman.
    >
    > Although it harks back to the 1940s, the principle still stands, once a
    > Widows Benefit (now called Bereavement Allowance for claims after March
    > 2001) is in payment, it can only continue so long as the widow isn't
    > living with someone as part of a couple.
    >
    > See
    >
    > http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/Dev_008411.xml.html
    >
    > although it relates to Bereavement Allowance, the rules are the same as
    > was for WP:
    >
    > You cannot get bereavement benefits if you remarry or reform a civil
    > partnership or if you live with a partner as if you are married to them or
    > as if you have formed a civil partnership (in Scotland, special habit and
    > repute provisions apply).
    >
    > Robbie


    Robbie,

    Thanks for the info, it's just as I thought. Wasn't sure whether the rules
    for the new Bereavement Allowance and Widows Pension were the same.

    Thanks Again,

    Nicola
     
    Nicky, Feb 7, 2006
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