Updated: October 2016
Words you may need to know
Credit - something that is given, in this case social security contributions paid by government
Contribution record - by law everyone living in Jersey is required to pay social security contributions (unless they are exempt). A list of a person’s contributions is kept by the Social Security Department on the person’s Contributions Record.
Survivor - a person who is still living after someone else has died
There are two benefits that may be paid by the Social Security Department when a person’s husband or wife (spouse) or civil partner dies. These are Survivor’s Allowance and Survivor’s pension.
The amount of Survivor’s Benefit you receive is based on the contribution record of your spouse or civil partner.
For detailed information about these benefits and how they are paid see www.gov.je/Benefits/DeathBereavement/Pages/WidowWidowerBenefit.aspx
This benefit is paid for the first 52 weeks after a spouse or civil partner has died.
There are some conditions that must be met before Survivor’s Allowance can be claimed. The conditions are on the website but they include that :
- you were married to your husband/wife or were in a civil partnership with your partner when they died
- either you, or your spouse or civil partner was under 65 on the day of his or her death.
The amount paid is calculated at 20% above the standard benefit rate.
A survivor’s contribution record has credits awarded for the 52 week period.
In some cases, Survivor's Pension is paid after the first 52 weeks.
You are likely to qualify for Survivor's Pension if:
- you meet all the requirements for Survivor's Allowance
- you are under pension age
- either you have a dependent child OR or you were born on or before 31 December 1957
Re-marriage and Co-habitation
Survivor's Benefit cannot be paid if the person who receives it re-marries or enters a civil partnership or is in a relationship with another person that is like marriage or civil partnership.
To contact the Social Security Department for further information:
Social Security Department, Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier.
Telephone: 01534 445505
Fax: 01534 445525
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm