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Bereavement Benefits

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the bereavement grant is made available to co-habiting partners of people in a situation where a spouse is still alive; and if he will make a statement. (142077)

Bereavement benefits cannot be paid to cohabiting partners. There are no plans to change this.

It is a principle of the social insurance system that all rights to benefit derived from another person’s contributions are based on the concept of legal marriage or, more recently, legal civil partnership.