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“To better support surviving partners”: do you know the aid for widowers?

“To better support surviving partners”: do you know the aid for widowers?

Crucial and yet little known aids. The Pensions Service is launching a campaign to highlight the survivor’s pension and the transition allowance. Two financial aids intended for people who lose their spouse. Many widowers do not benefit from this support, simply because they are unaware of their existence: 75,000 people under the age of 65 receive a survivor’s pension each year.

The Pensions Service kicked off a campaign on Wednesday to raise public awareness of the survivor’s pension and the transition allowance, two financial aids intended for people who lose their spouse. The campaign will take place mainly on social media and aims to convey the following message to future widows and widowers: “We are here for you”the organization said in a statement.

The transition allowance is a temporary allowance paid to the spouse who does not meet the age condition (48.5 years in 2022 – 49 years in 2023) to be entitled to a survivor’s pension. It can always be combined with other income. The survivor’s pension is a pension intended for the spouse of the deceased person and can, under certain conditions, be combined with other income.

The Pensions Service has found that many people are largely unaware of this financial aid, and in particular of the transition allowance. Some do not take advantage of it because they do not know the allowance, others because they think they are not entitled to it because they work. Late applications are particularly problematic for young widows and widowers, as the timing of the application for a transition allowance or a survivor’s pension is important.

To better support surviving partners

If the application is submitted within 12 months following the death of the spouse, the surviving spouse receives the survivor’s pension or the transition allowance from the month following the death. However, if the request is submitted more than 12 months after the death, the months preceding the request are lost.

As the transition allowance is temporary, the widow or widower may only be able to benefit from this intervention for a very short period, or not at all. “The loss of a spouse plunges the surviving partners, the vast majority of whom are women, into a period of intense and sometimes long mourning. In these difficult times, the transition allowance and the survivor’s pension represent a bubble of air to face the daily expenses and the responsibility of the children. To better support surviving partners, the federal government has reformed the transition allowance to reduce the risk of precariousness and paved the way for greater accumulation of income with the survivor’s pension”, explained the Minister of Pensions, Karine Lalieux.

While approximately 1,500 young workers receive a transition allowance and 75,000 people under the age of 65 obtain a survivor’s pension each year, many widows and widowers unfortunately still remain on the sidelines.

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