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HOUSEHOLDS can claim tens of thousands of pounds in owed cash thanks to a little-known rule change.

But time is running out for Brits to stake their claim – with thousands at risk missing out on the cash.

Homeowners have three weeks to claim bereavement reimbursement

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Homeowners have three weeks to claim bereavement reimbursementCredit: Getty

It’s estimated that more than 21,000 bereaved households previously denied support can now claim bereavement reimbursement.

It means cohabiting parents with dependent children are entitled to support if one of them passes away.

Previously they were excluded from the help which was just for those who were married or in a civil partnership.

Anyone affected in future will be able to make a claim for the bereavement benefits after a change to the law.

However, the DWP is reminding those who were previously affected to make a claim as soon as possible.

The benefit they can get backdated will depend on when their partner died: before April 6, 2017 and it’s Widowed Parent’s Allowance, after that date and it’s Bereavement Support Payment.

The bereavement support payment is worth up to £3,500, plus £350 a month for 18 months for those eligible. 

The amount the payments are worth depends on your circumstances.

Backdating goes as far as August 30, 2018, even if the bereavement was prior to this date.

DWP Minister Viscount Younger of Leckie said: “I would urge anyone who thinks they may be eligible to claim as soon as possible so that they can ensure that they benefit from these backdated payments.

Am I owed a bereavement support payment?

To qualify for a payment, claimants must have met the eligibility criteria for either bereavement support payment or widowed parent’s allowance on or after August 30, 2018.

This means those who lost their partner before April 6, 2017, might be able to receive the legacy benefit widowed parent’s allowance, should they be found to have been eligible for this on August 30, 2018.

Similarly, a surviving parent who lost their partner on or after April 6, 2017 may be eligible for its replacement, bereavement support payment – should they have been qualified for this on August 30, 2018.

Keep in mind that the bereavement benefit and amount that people are entitled to will depend on when they lost their partner.

If you receive child benefit you will receive the higher rates but in order to receive the full amount, you must claim within the first three months of your partner’s death.

If you are getting bereavement support payment, it won’t affect your other benefits for a year.

After then, the income you get from it will be taken into account for means-tested benefits.

How can I claim bereavement support payments?

You can apply for bereavement support payment online, by telephone or by post.

To apply, you’ll need:

The government launched its online claims form on February 9 on a trial basis – so only a limited number of daily applications can be sent through.

You can apply for the benefit over the phone by calling the bereavement service helpline on 0800 151 2012.

To apply by post download the bereavement support payment BSP1 form from the government website, fill it in and return it to the address on the form.

Martin Lewis is urging households to check if they are owed thousands

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Martin Lewis is urging households to check if they are owed thousandsCredit: ITV

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