Ever heard of the Widowed Parent's Allowance? No, me neither, but it is currently paid to a bereaved parent until their child leaves school. It offers a small measure of security to a parent and their kids who have undergone a terrible loss.
From April, it will be paid to a married parent for a total of 18 months. An unmarried parent who was cohabiting will get nothing at all.
If you have grandkids, they are at risk of being affected by this deplorable decision. No parent can say with absolute certainty that they will live till their kids are grown-up, so any of us with grandkids could see our child, or our SiL/DiL, in this situation. Not only does the change hit the most vulnerable who have suffered a terrible loss, it is so unfair. The WPA isn't charity. Most parents who die will have paid NI contributions but they have not lived to draw their pensions or to use the NHS in old age. Their dependants could, at least, get a small measure of financial help in return for their contributions.
If this concerns you, please go to the Child Bereavement website at ncbeaction.org.uk/lobby/BSPregulations to send a message to your MP. It is being debated by the draft committee on Monday 27th February and in Parliament on 2nd March.
Sorry if this is the wrong forum. Just thought it was an issue for grandparents.
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