Updated: October 2016
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Social Security contributions – 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.
What is the Death Grant?
A Death Grant is a single payment made by the Social Security Department to help with the cost of funeral arrangements.
How to qualify for a Death Grant
For full details of how the Death Grant scheme works and the amount payable please see the Social Security website: www.gov.je/Benefits/DeathBereavement/Pages/index.aspx
The grant will be paid if the person who died was living in Jersey when they died and the amount of their social security contributions meets the Death Grant rules. Under certain circumstances, a Death Grant can be paid when the person who died didn't have any contributions paid.
For deaths outside the Island and for deaths of children and babies please see the website.
How to claim the Death Grant
The funeral director will usually send the death certificate to the Social Security Department with details of who the Department should send the grant application form to. The form needs to be completed and returned to the Department within six months of the date of death.
Who will receive the Death Grant
If there's a will or ‘letters of administration’, the grant is paid to the executor or administrator. Otherwise, it's paid to the person who has paid the funeral expenses.
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