Bereavement Benefit Rule Change

DWP bereavement benefit changes could give 22,500 people backdated lump sum payment.

Once plans are approved, the changes will apply retrospectively from August 30, 2018.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has laid out new draft plans to the UK Parliament which will extend bereavement support to more than 22,000 people.

Previously, a surviving parent could only claim the financial support if they had been married or in a civil partnership at the time of their spouse or civil partner’s death. However, under these new plans, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payments will be extended to surviving cohabiting partners with children who were living with their partner when they died.

It is estimated around 22,500 families will now be able to claim this vital help, totalling an additional £320 million in support for bereaved children over the next five years.

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New Virtual Support Group Launched for Punjabi Speaking Women

The death of a loved one is never easy to experience, whether it comes without warning or after a long struggle with illness. Research has shown that those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide themselves. Added to that burden is the substantial stigma, which can keep those left behind, away from the much needed support.

This support group will run on the second Wednesday of every month starting from Wednesday 12 August at 7:00pm and will be facilitated by volunteers Binnie & Gurj. They are both experienced group leaders and currently run the Birmingham support group alongside fellow volunteer Bali.

 

The purpose of this group is to allow people to:

1. Talk to others who understand what they may be going through in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

2. Open up, in their own way at their own pace and start to develop coping strategies to deal with their loss.

For many it will be the first chance that they have had to openly talk about what they are experiencing and how they are feeling. Just hearing how someone else or another family is coping with the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide can help those who maybe at risk of suicide to feel more hopeful about their life and future.

To attend the above meetings please contact us on 07376 303438 or email us at birmingham@uksobs.org

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer Jonathan Lee – BBC Radio Sheffield

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer & Author Jonathan Lee’s interview on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicides volunteer and author, Jonathan Lee has given an interview on BBC Radio Sheffield. He took to the radio on the Paulette Edwards show to discuss why he decided to volunteer for our charity and set up a new Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support group in Barnsley.

Please note that during the interview the term ‘committed suicide’ is used.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide does not condone the use of this phrase & promotes the use of  non-stigmatising terminology.

Jonathan is fundraising for the Barnsley group by donating the royalties of his newest book to Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.