Sue Ryder comments on Select Committee for Work and Pensions report on bereavement benefits

Today, Tuesday 22 October, the Select Committee for Work and Pensions released their report and recommendations, 'Bereavement support benefit'.

Sue Ryder previously made a submission and gave evidence after consulting with its online bereavement community and family support service. 

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive at Sue Ryder, said:

“We can and must do better at supporting those coping with bereavement. The inflexibility of access, eligibility and duration of financial assistance from the Bereavement Support Payment is still acting as a barrier to people receiving support at what can be the most difficult time of their lives.

"We gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee in May and they took on board our comments. The fact that the Government has still failed to reverse its decision to exclude unmarried partners from the Bereavement Support Payment is simply unacceptable and inhumane.

“Bereavement can affect people in different ways; feelings of shock, overwhelming sadness, guilt or anger are completely normal. When grieving, worrying about financial matters can be unbearable.  It is time for the Government to step up and do all that it can to support these people."

More information

Read the statement from the Select Committee for Work and Pensions.