Campaigning

We will be continually updating this page with the latest information on campaigns that WAY are involved with to further support our members.

In February 2023, the Government extended bereavement support to cohabiting parents in response to two legal challenges and a decade-long campaign by bereavement charities including WAY Widowed and Young and the Childhood Bereavement Network.

The Government gave a 12-month window for retrospective payments. Our campaign partners estimated that 21,000 bereaved families could be entitled to backpayments before the deadline of 8 February 2024 expired, some bereaved as long ago as 2001.

Going forward, we are pleased to say that bereaved parents will be able to claim Bereavement Support Payment in the same way as their peers who are married or in a civil partnership.

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