Bereavement damages increased to £15,120
Bereavement damages increased to £15,120.
The government has decided to increase the sum awarded for bereavement in England and Wales from £12,980 to £15,120. The change takes effect on 1 May 2020 and only applies where death occurs after that date. This means that the current rate of £12,980 applies in every legal case involving a death before 1 May 2020. There are no changes to those who qualify for the award. This brings the position in England and Wales back into line with the position in Northern Ireland, where the bereavement award was increased to £15,100 on 1 May 2019.