Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadown Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
For the first time in the UK, from this month bereaved cohabiting parents are able to claim the same bereavement benefits as couples in a marriage or civil partnership.
The changes to the eligibility criteria mean that cohabiting parents (or soon-to-be parents) and carers whose partner dies from 9 February 2023 will be able to make a claim for Bereavement Support Payment if they meet the other eligibility criteria, and more than 20,000 families will be able to make a retrospective claim.
This is great news for constituents in Newport East who have come to me concerned about this, having experienced bereavement as a cohabiting parent.
The Childhood Bereavement Network have been campaigning on this issue for many years – you can find more information and support on their website here.
As always, if there is anything my team and I can do to support you with making a claim, please do get in touch. To drop me an email, use this link.