Time is running out for men who may be eligible for claiming widow's benefits under a European Court of Human Rights ruling, says Citizens Advice.
The ruling applies to men whose wives died before 9 April 2001 and also applies to widowed mother’s allowance. That date is when the law changed and Bereavement Payment and Widowed Parent allowance were introduced, and claims were enabled for both men and women.
CA is calling on men to check their eligibility through local Jobcentre Plus offices, and notes claims must e made by 4 November this year.
Prior to the court ruling the benefits were only available to women, but this has been deemed discriminatory. Men who made claims at the time of their wives’ deaths may be eligible to claim, but men who have not previously made a claim will have to give written details of reasons for doing so now.IFAonline
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