The Government plans to extend the categories of people eligible to claim damages for bereavement to include children under 18 for the death of a parent; cohabitants of at least two years’ duration for the death of a partner; and unmarried fathers with parental responsibility for the death of a child under 18.

The ability to claim as a “dependant” of the deceased will be extended to include any person who was being wholly or partly maintained by the deceased person immediately before the death. For further information see: http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease010709a.htm