Eligibility for Widow Allowance

To get Widow Allowance you need to meet certain criteria.

To get Widow Allowance you must:

  • be a woman born on or before 1 July 1955
  • not be part of a couple
  • have become widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
  • meet income and assets tests
  • meet residence rules
  • not have had a job which was 20 hours a week or more in the 12 months before you claim, or for a total of 13 weeks or more

You don’t have to look for work or do training. But if you want to, you can get help to improve your job prospects, learn new skills or do community work.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018