Grieving families need more short term financial support


Bereavement benefits need to be altered to better support those who have suffered the death of a loved one, government research has found.

It noted that the need for additional support is greatest in the first few months following bereavement. At present grieving families are entitled to claim a range of immediate and longer term benefits depending on their financial circumstances. However the report suggested that more of this support should be focused on the short term needs of families immediately following the death. The study was part of a government consultation on the process, while earlier this month reinsurer RGA highlighted that many people may be unaware of available benefits. Researchers for the Departm...

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