About the Death Grant
A Death Grant is a single payment of £799.96 (increasing to £816.76 from the 1 October 2016) paid on the death of a person who has contributed to the Social Security scheme.
Under certain circumstances, a Death Grant can be paid when the person who died didn't have any contributions paid.
How to qualify for a Death Grant
The grant will be paid if:
- the deceased had paid (or been credited with) sufficient contributions for a period of at least one year before they died or
- a contribution was payable to the Social Security scheme in the month in which the death occurred
- the person who died was living in Jersey at the time of their death
How to claim the Death Grant
The funeral director will usually send us the death certificate and details of who we should forward the grant application form to. We will then send out the Death Grant application form.
This form will need to be completed and returned to us within six months of the date of death.
If a person has died outside the Island and / or if a Death Grant claim form has not been received, you can send us either the original or certified copy of the death certificate and we will send you a form if the grant is payable.
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.
Only one grant can be paid in respect of a person who has died.
Deaths outside the Island
A Death Grant may be paid if the person who died:
- was receiving a Jersey Social Security benefit at the full rate or
- normally lived in Jersey and died within six months of leaving the Island
Death of a child under 16
If a child age 16 or under dies, the grant will be paid based on the Social Security contributions made by the mother or father.
A Death Grant cannot be paid in respect of a still-born baby.