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Bereavement benefits may soon be extended to co-habiting partners with children

Thu, 21 Dec 2023

Bereavement payments may soon be extended to people who were not married or in a civil partnership but who lived together and had dependent children.

If approved by Tynwald Members, changes in legislation would be backdated to August 30, 2018 and include expectant mothers in line with a recent change to legislation in the United Kingdom.

Tynwald Members will be asked at the January sitting to approve an Order which makes changes to legislation covering bereavement benefits in the Isle of Man.

In effect, it would extend the Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parent’s Allowance to people who were co-habiting with their partner, but not in a legal union with them, and, at the time of their partner’s death, they either had a dependent child or children living with them, or they were pregnant.


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