Hi I'm not sure if many people are aware of the cut the government are making next month to widowed parents allowance. It will affect many struggling bereaved parents in the future. I have began a petition on change.org to hopefully put pressure on the government to not go ahead with this cut. I will post a link for the petition, please have a read and sign it. Thank you.
Personally I think it might be better for these payments to be means tested. Many widowed parents will have been covered by life insurance payments and have their mortgage paid off in the event of a spouse's death. They might then also have access to tax credits etc. If myself or my dh were to die we would have no mortgage and both our employers would pay out a death in service payment. I think it should be reserved for the poorest who have no back up/ insurance etc rather than just the same payout for everyone lasting many years.
There will always be some people who cannot afford life insurance and I do think the bereavement payments should last a good few years for the poorest families and those renting. The last thing bereaved families need is to have to move home or have their remaining parent have to work long hours.
Right. I've done some reading now and given my head a wobble. If the government are saying it's not cost effective to means test it then they shouldn't be cutting it. I apologise for spouting off before engaging brain.