CA tells widowers of ‘fresh benefits’

Citizens’ Advice is using a media relations campaign to alert men to a change in the law surrounding bereavement benefits.

The charity is seeking to draw journalists' attention to a European Court of Human Rights decision this May. It ruled that husbands of women who died before 9 April 2001 may be entitled to widower's benefits or to widowed father's allowance.

It is targeting personal finance and legal journalists, national and regional newspapers and broadcasters.

Men who want to make a claim must explain why they did not do so at the time of their wife's death, before a 4 November deadline. Successful applicants will obtain the same benefits women received before 2001.

Citizens' Advice social policy officer Vicky Pearlman said: 'People should contact their local Jobcentre Plus office to seek advice if they think they might benefit from the new ruling.'

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