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Death Grant: single payment

​About the Death Grant​​

A Death Grant is a single payment of £1063.72 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
  • 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 f​orm 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.

The Death Grant award letter will need to be shown to the Judicial Greffe if you are applying for a grant of probate.

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 can't be paid in respect of a still-born baby.  

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