Arrears of State pension (contributory) are due to the estate of the deceased person.
Where the deceased person has made a will, any uncollected payments due may be paid to the Executor or Executrix of the deceased's estate.
Where a person dies without making a will, any arrears due may be paid to whomever appears to be beneficially entitled as determined by my Department. This generally means that the arrears are paid to whomever has discharged the funeral expenses and can provide supporting documentary evidence.
In line with my Department’s policy in such cases, correspondence issued on 24 November 2020, addressed to the personal representatives of the deceased person, to establish the recipient of the person's pension arrears. On receipt of these details, payment will issue without delay.
I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.