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Urgent: Deadline for retrospective bereavement benefits

Jan 2024

Deadline for cohabiting parents to claim full retrospective bereavement benefits closing soon - find details...

Find the 21k

Sept 2023

Find out more on the campaign pages of our website and help us to find the 21,000 people who may be eligible for retrospective payments.

Joby's Story

Jun 2023

Joby writes how the recent change in the law to extend bereavement support to parents who weren’t married or in a civil partnership has impacted her…

Michelle's Story

May 2023

Although Bereavement Support Payment has been extended to cohabiting couples with children, unmarried couples without children are still being denied support. WAY member Michelle shares their story…

Extending Bereavement Support Payments: Lauren’s story

Mar 2023

When Lauren’s husband Rob died last June, she started to receive the first of 18 monthly instalments of Bereavement Support Payment to help support herself and her daughter, Amelia. Although she was g…

Laura Banks’ story: challenging injustice all the way to the Supreme Court

Feb 2023

We asked Laura Banks from Siobhan McLaughlin’s legal team to share her perspective on taking Siobhan’s case all the way to the highest court in the land – and winning!

Siobhan's Story: Cohabiting Couples Campaign

Feb 2023

When Siobhan discovered through conversations with Citizen’s Advice that parents who were not married or in a civil partnership were unable to claim the support available at that time to married paren…

Kathy's Story: Cohabiting Couples Campaign

Feb 2023

WAY Ambassador Kathy Ford lost her partner Keith in November 2018 to a sudden heart attack. They had been together for 19 years and had two sons together. In June 2019, Kathy gave evidence to the Work…

Elanor shares her story to support our Cohabiting Couples Campaign

Feb 2023

Elanor’s partner Robin died in 2005 after a motorbike accident. She was pregnant with their only daughter Sophie when Robin died and has struggled for the past 17 years to bring up Sophie as a lone pa…

CAMPAIGN SUCCESS! Bereavement benefits extended to cohabiting parents

Feb 2023

We are delighted to announce that from Thursday 9 February, cohabiting parents will be able to claim the same bereavement benefits to help bring up their grieving children as if they had been married …

Celebrating campaign success: Georgia's Story

Feb 2023

Georgia Elms was widowed in 2006 when her husband Jon died suddenly from meningitis aged just 38 – the next day she discovered she was pregnant with the couple’s second child.

Diary of WPA application for an unmarried parent

Feb 2023

Elanor is sharing a diary as she goes through the application process for retrospective payments under the Widowed Parent's Allowance (WPA).

Celebrating campaign success: Pete's Story

Jan 2023

WAY member Pete Bailey has been campaigning to extend bereavement support to cohabiting couples since his partner died in 2010, when the couple’s youngest son was just six weeks old. Their boys are no…

Celebrating campaign success: Laura's Story

Jan 2023

York-based WAY member Laura has been campaigning to extend bereavement support to unmarried parents since her partner Nigel died of a heart attack in February 2020, leaving her to bring up their 2-yea…

Thousands of grieving cohabiting families with children to be made eligible for bereavement benefits

Jan 2023

Yesterday evening (Wednesday, 25 January), MPs finally approved new legislation that will pave the way for bereavement benefits to be paid to thousands of cohabiting parents.

Parliament inches closer to making thousands of grieving cohabiting families eligible for bereavement benefits

Jan 2023

Parliament inches closer to making thousands of grieving cohabiting families eligible for bereavement benefits.

Campaign update: cohabiting couples with children

Dec 2022

We were very pleased to see that the Government has finally taken steps to right the injustice that has denied bereavement support to parents who weren’t married – by bringing long-awaited legislation…

Campaign news: Government to extend bereavement payments to cohabiting couples

Jul 2021

An announcement from WAY Ambassador Georgia Elms in response to the Government’s draft legislation that will extend bereavement payments to cohabiting couples.

WAY joins call for Government action on extending bereavement support to co-habiting couples

Feb 2021

On the anniversary of a landmark judgment from the High Court, WAY Widowed and Young is joining the Childhood Bereavement Network and the Child Poverty Action Group in calling on the Government to mak…

At WAY we pride ourselves on providing support, free of judgement, to anyone who is facing widowhood at a young age. We are also committed to fighting injustices that young widowed people may face.