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Bereavement Benefit

Volume 454: debated on Wednesday 13 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of bereavement benefit was in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (102267)

The gross cost of bereavement benefits in the last 12 months was £838 million.


1. The quoted figure has been extracted from the Department's accounting systems and relates to a 12 month period ending October 2006.

2. The figure is gross expenditure and does not take account of any benefit recoveries or accounting adjustments, and is not audited.

3. The impact of any resulting adjustments is historically small.

4. DWP benefit expenditure tables can be viewed at the following website: