In an attempt to ‘modernise’ the system, the Government replaced the Widowed Parent’s Allowance – the long term financial safety net that widowed parents have received from the Government since 1946 – with the new, short term Bereavement Support Payments. Under this system, 91% of newly widowed parents will receive financial support for a shorter period of time – just 18 months in fact, as opposed to up to 20 years under the previous policy.
For Compare The Market, in response to these changes, freuds brought together a task force of experienced individuals and thought leaders from a number of authoritative organisations to help those affected by widowhood and bereavement.
In absence of the long term support from the Government, the task force aims to generate ideas and recommendations that can help change the future of an issue that is suddenly getting worse, not better.
Compare The Market hopes that this task force will help to create a voice of support for the thousands of families who will be affected by the new legislation, and will look to develop a bereavement support strategy that will financially and emotionally support bereaved parents, partners and children of the future.