Survivor’s Benefit

9.8.20 Updated on:

Survivor’s Benefits

There are two benefits that may be paid by Customer and Local Services when a person’s spouse or civil partner dies. These are Survivor’s Allowance and Survivor’s pension.

The amount of Survivor’s Benefit you receive is based on the contribution record of your spouse or civil partner.

For detailed information about these benefits and how they are paid see Survivor’s Benefit

Survivor’s Allowance

This benefit is paid for the first 52 weeks after a spouse or civil partner has died.

There are some conditions that must be met before Survivor’s Allowance can be claimed. The conditions include that :

  •  you were married to your spouse or were in a civil partnership with your partner when they died
  • either you or your spouse or civil partner was under 65 on the day of his or her death.

The amount paid is calculated at 20% above the standard benefit rate.

A survivor’s contribution record has credits awarded for the 52 week period.

Survivor’s pension

In some cases, Survivor’s Pension is paid after the first 52 weeks.

You are likely to qualify for Survivor’s Pension if:

  • you meet all the requirements for Survivor’s Allowance
  •  you are under pension age
  • either you have a dependent child or or you were born on or before 31 December 1957

Re-marriage and Co-habitation

Survivor’s Benefit cannot be paid if the person who receives it re-marries, enters a civil partnership or is in a relationship with another person that is like marriage or civil partnership.

To contact Customer and Local Services for further information:

Customer and Local Services,  Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier.

Contact details:
Tel: +44 1534 444444
Email: customerservice@gov.je

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm