Kirsten Oswald – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the HM Treasury

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Kirsten Oswald on 2016-09-02.

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many widowed parents and bereaved cohabiting parents will be financially worse off as a result of the planned changes to the widowed parent’s allowance.

Mr David Gauke

The new Bereavement Support Payment will be introduced from April 2017 for new claimants only. Existing claimants of Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Allowance will remain on those benefits for the lifetime of their awards, so there will be no impact on them or their families.