This is a continuation of my last week’s blog on welfare benefits. ( You can see all the posts on this subject by clicking on “Welfare Benefits “ in the Tag Cloud )
If ever there was a time when you need easy, crystal clear, help and asssistance, it must be when you have lost a loved one. So I am sure I have got this advice from the Government website on benefits wrong. But I read the information on Bereavement Allowance and this is what I understood it to say :-
- To qualify you have to be married before 1917.
- By my reckoning, if you were 20 years old when you married, you would now be 122.
- And to limit the runaway expenditure of all those deaths in World War 1, war widows would not qualify if they remarried.
- Although, the War Widow’s Pension in 1917 would only have been about two and sixpence a week, mind you that mounts up by the time you reach 122 😋
Oops! Now I have found my mistake it does not say 1917, it is 2017. Apologies to the Department of Works and Pensions.
Perhaps if you hadn’t written 5772 pages of information I would not have been so tired and befuddled.
FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact. Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system. If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.