DEERING encourages more social welfare recipients to consider using their local post office to collect payments

20th July, 2016

Fine Gael TD for Carlow Pat Deering, is encouraging more social welfare recipients to use their local post office to collect their payments. 

“The Department of Social Protection currently has a contract for cash social welfare payments to be made at post offices. Over 38 million social welfare payments are made in post offices throughout the country, but this number could increase.

Deering added “In the Programme for Government we committed to actively encourage more payments at Post Offices. The Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has written to all Department of Social Protection staff dealing with customer claims and payments. He’s asking staff when dealing with customers who are making new claims, or seeking to change their payment arrangements, to advise customers they can choose between payment at the post office or by electronic funds transfer.

“Minister Varadkar has advised staff that customer wishes should be facilitated where they choose to receive their social welfare payment at their local post office”.

“This is a most welcome move from the Minister. While post offices remain central to Irish communities, there is a challenge to ensure that they remain competitive. This is a great way to support your local post office and help retain its place at the centre of your local community.”