When someone has died, there are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them.
You will be given a reference number by the registrar when you register the death. You need this number to use the online Tell Us Once service. This informs most government – and local government – services of a death in one go.
You will need the following information about the deceased:
If you are the next of kin, your entitlement to benefits may change so please have your own National Insurance number with you when you use the service.
If you are not the next of kin or the person who is dealing with the estate, you can still use the service as long as you have their permission to provide information about them and act on their behalf.
The information you give will be treated securely and confidentially. The organisations who are contacted will use the information to update records and to end services, benefits and tax credits. They may use this information in other ways but only as the law allows.