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You asked: What does the Government provide when I die?

When you die, the Government might provide your family with benefits to help with some costs and expenses, but only if they meet certain eligibility conditions.

If your family is on a low income and needs financial help to pay for a funeral, a one-off funeral payment from the Social Fund may be available. However, they may have to repay some or all of this money from your estate.

Also, your widowed husband, wife or surviving civil partner may be eligible for a bereavement payment. That's a one-off lump sum of £2,000, tax-free. They may also be eligible to claim a bereavement allowance - a taxable weekly benefit, which they might receive for up to 52 weeks after your death. The financial support that these benefits can offer is very limited and they do not remove the need for life insurance. Even if your family is eligible to claim them all, they're likely to need more money than the Government can provide to help cover their expenses and maintain their lifestyle.

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