Support for Social Welfare payments at Post Office- Ó Domhnaill

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has expressed his support for the Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) who are asking to be placed on a level playing field with the banks and have Post Offices as a choice on all Social Welfare forms.

Senator Ó Domhnaill explained, “The IPU proposals are sensible and constructive and I fully support them.”

The IPU have responded to the proposed Financial Inclusion Strategy published by the Department of Finance in June. While supporting the concept of Financial Inclusion, the Union have argued that the strategy as it stands is flawed and will not achieve its objective. The union have called for a greater role for Post Offices in achieving Financial Inclusion.

The letters to jobseekers and those on the pre-retirement allowance state that “instead of receiving your weekly payment at the post office, this can be lodged directly into your bank or building society account.”

An Post have been granted the Social Welfare contract for cash payments for two years ( this can be extended up to 5yrs).

“The proposed plan is to migrate to e-payments by 2017. IPU have asked the Minister to delay the e-payment tender until an assessment on the impact of the Post Office network is carried out and give An Post time to have a banking system in place to bid for the tender for the e-payments contract.

The wording in the letters now issued to 62 year olds is confusing them and they wrongly believe they have to transfer to a bank.

“In the case of Child Benefit, mothers receive a form while in hospital and the Post Office is not mentioned as an option on the form. The Dept of Social Protection are trying to transfer all payments electronically by 2017,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.

Posted: May 16, 2014     |     Categories: Uncategorized