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Social welfare payments following a death

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Death of the person claiming a social welfare payment

Some social welfare payments can continue after someone dies. That is, where someone who was getting a certain social welfare payment dies, their spouse, civil partner or cohabitant may get 6 weeks of this payment after the death. This will be paid at the same rate your late spouse, civil partner or cohabitant was getting. You may get the 6-week payment if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant was getting one of the following payments and it included a payment (Increase for a Qualified Adult) for you:

If you are getting any of the payments listed above and your deceased spouse, civil partner or cohabitant was also getting one of the payments listed above in his or her own right, you may also continue to get your spouse's, civil partner's or cohabitant's payment for 6 weeks after their death, plus your own payment.

Death of an adult dependant

If you are getting a social welfare payment that included a payment (Increase for a Qualified Adult) for your late spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, you will continue to get the same rate of payment for 6 weeks after their death.

Death of a child dependant

If your child dies, payment of an Increase for a Qualified Child on your social welfare payment will usually continue for 6 weeks, if the child was included in your payment. Contact the section of the Department of Social Protection responsible for your payment.

You should also notify the Child Benefit Section of the Department about the death of the child.

Where the person being cared for dies

Payment of Carer's Benefit or Carer's Allowance (full or half-rate) continues to be made for six weeks after the death of the person you were caring for.

If you are getting Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance (full or half-rate) on behalf of a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and that person dies, you can continue to get the carer’s payment plus any of the payments listed above (if in payment to that person) for 6 weeks after the date of death.

If you are getting one of the other payments listed above and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant was getting a carer’s payment for you, you will continue to get your payments plus the Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance (full or half-rate) for 6 weeks after the date of death.

If you are getting a carer’s payment on behalf of someone who is not a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and that person dies, you will continue to get the Carer’s Benefit or Carer’s Allowance (full or half-rate) payments only for 6 weeks after the date of death.

In all cases you must inform the Department of Social Protection of the death.

Rates

The 6-week payment is normally paid in a lump sum by cheque.

How to apply

To apply for a payment after death, you should contact the appropriate section within the Department of Social Protection, as soon as possible following the death. (The section you need to contact will depend on the type of payment the deceased received. For example, if the person who died was getting a State Pension, you need to get in touch with the Pension Section of the Department, etc.). Staff in your local social welfare office can advise if you are not sure where to contact.

Enclose the death certificate (if available) or a death notice from a newspaper with your application. You must also enclose the payment book(s) or cheque(s), if you have any. Do not cash existing cheques or vouchers from the payment book. A cheque will be sent for the amount of the 6 weeks payment. Keep your own record of the pension claim/reference number for future reference

Page updated: 13 January 2014

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