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Bereavement Benefits

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were entitled to bereavement benefits in the last year for which figures are available; and how many people claimed them. (140230)

The information is not available in the format requested. No information is available on the number of people who may be entitled to bereavement benefit, but are not receiving it. As at November 2006, the most recent available information, there were 57,130 people in receipt of bereavement benefit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are taken to draw the attention of bereaved people to the availability of bereavement benefits. (140231)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) on 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 153W.