Any Entitlement to UK Benefits?


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John

Hi, can anyone help? I knew of someone who has recently died, under UK
pensionable age. He was married and his widow is 36 years old.

Whilst he lived in the UK, and worked here, his wife/widow has never
lived in the UK. She lives abroad, and not in the EEA nor in a country
with whom the UK has a Social Security agreement. He visited her
abroad a number of times a year and there was no doubt that their
marriage was real in the usual sense.

Can anyone help? What is her entitlement to UK Benefits? If any?

TIA
 
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The Weary Wizard

John said:
Hi, can anyone help? I knew of someone who has recently died, under UK
pensionable age. He was married and his widow is 36 years old.

Whilst he lived in the UK, and worked here, his wife/widow has never
lived in the UK. She lives abroad, and not in the EEA nor in a country
with whom the UK has a Social Security agreement. He visited her
abroad a number of times a year and there was no doubt that their
marriage was real in the usual sense.

Can anyone help? What is her entitlement to UK Benefits? If any?

TIA
Frankly, I can't see any conceivable way she'll be entitled to
anything. If he served in HM Forces, she may qualify for a military
Widows Pension (possibly), but otherwise she'd appear to be on a
sticky wicket.
 
D

Dave xxxxx

John said:
Hi, can anyone help? I knew of someone who has recently died, under UK
pensionable age. He was married and his widow is 36 years old.

Whilst he lived in the UK, and worked here, his wife/widow has never
lived in the UK. She lives abroad, and not in the EEA nor in a country
with whom the UK has a Social Security agreement. He visited her
abroad a number of times a year and there was no doubt that their
marriage was real in the usual sense.

Can anyone help? What is her entitlement to UK Benefits? If any?

TIA
If he was in Forces after 1975 and did more than 2 years service over the
age of 18 then she might well, with proof get an MOD pension
She might also, if he was still serving when killed or died she might get
war pension, (no need to be fighting in a war) contact for that also given.




SP Pol Pens 1a1
Rm 657, St Giles Court
1-13 St Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LD

Tel: 020 7218 9603 or 9621 89603
Fax:020 7218 2176 or 9621 82176

Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (Glasgow)
AFPAA(G) Pensions Division
Mail Point 480
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX

Pay and Pensions Enquiry Service Contact Number

Tel: 0141 224 3600 or 945613600



War Pensions contact details are

Address:
Veterans Agency
Norcross
Blackpool
Lancashire
FY5 3WP

Tel: 0800 169 22 77 (Helpline)
Tel: +44 1253 866043 (Overseas)



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Clive Martin

John said:
Hi, can anyone help? I knew of someone who has recently died, under UK
pensionable age. He was married and his widow is 36 years old.

Whilst he lived in the UK, and worked here, his wife/widow has never
lived in the UK. She lives abroad, and not in the EEA nor in a country
with whom the UK has a Social Security agreement. He visited her
abroad a number of times a year and there was no doubt that their
marriage was real in the usual sense.

Can anyone help? What is her entitlement to UK Benefits? If any?
The 3 benefits payable to widows are Bereavement Allowance, Bereavement
Payment and Widowed Parent's Allowance. Payment of these does depend on
the deceased meeting certain conditions as to payment of National
Insurance contributions, etc.

Bereavement Allowance is only payable where the widow is aged at least
45 so is not applicable here.

Bereavement Payment is a £2,000 lump sum payment that needs to be
claimed within 12 months of the death. The residence and presence
condition is that
either the deceased was in the UK at the date of his death,
or that the spouse was in the UK on that date or within 4 weeks of it.

I see no mention of children, but Widowed Parent's Allowance is paid to
widows who care for children who get Child Benefit (or would if they
were in the UK). There are no residence and presence conditions for
Widowed Parent's Allowance. However, it would seem to be payable but
not uprated to someone permanently resident in a non-EEA country where
there is also no reciprocal agreement.

You should contact:

Pensions & Overseas Benefits Directorate,
Tyneview Park, Pensions Service, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE98 1BA (0191 218
9000)

for further details.

Clive
 

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