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Bereavement Benefits

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of bereavement benefit in 2008-09; what the total amount paid was; and in what percentage of cases the benefit was subsequently reduced. (300619)

[holding answer 23 November 2009]: Outturn expenditure, in cash terms, on bereavement benefits for 2008-09 was £675 million.

The available information on the number of recipients is in the following table.

Number of people in receipt of bereavement benefits as at each quarter in 2008-09


May 2008


August 2008


November 2008


February 2009



Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.


DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study

There is no information available about the percentage of cases where the benefit was subsequently reduced.