Britons could be missing out on up to £7,000 by not getting married – here’s how to get it.
Britons throughout the country could be squandering up to £7,000 by not marrying.
Thousands of unmarried parents will now be eligible for bereavement benefits if their partner passes away as a result of recent changes to the welfare system. However, there have been worries that single parents are still worse off than married parents, and that the new measures do not go far enough to address this. Previously, bereavement benefit payments were only available to surviving parents who were married or in a civil partnership at the time of their significant other’s death.
However, under new criteria, all surviving parents are now eligible for bereavement payments if they were living with their partner at the time of their death and had children together.
These new laws will take effect on August 30, 2018, the day on which the Supreme Court ordered the government to treat married and unmarried couples equally.
Claimants will receive backdated benefits in the form of a lump sum that will be paid directly to them.
Currently, bereavement assistance payments are made comprised of an initial big sum paid immediately to claimants, followed by up to 18 following monthly payments totaling upwards of £7,000.
Claimants who qualify for the higher rate will get a one-time payment of £3,500, followed by monthly instalments of £350 for 18 months.
The smaller bereavement benefit, on the other hand, is made up of an initial payment of £2,500 and 18 monthly installments of £100.
Despite this shift, some organizations have expressed their displeasure with the government’s decision to use the date of the court verdict rather than the date when payments were first made, which was in 2017.
Unmarried parents will no longer be allowed to seek support after the death of their partner if they died before the appointed court date.
One of the organizations holding the government accountable for this issue is the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).
Carla Clarke, CPAG’s head of strategic litigation, praised the reforms made but pointed out that they do not go far enough in assisting unmarried Britons.
“The government’s proposals are welcome as far as they go,” he said, “but they would shortchange some families who have.”Brinkwire Summary News.”