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Concerns over social welfare payments as An Post strike continues


Concern is growing and contingency plans are currently being put in place as there appears to be no breakthrough in the dispute which has resulted in the suspension of the postal service.

Active Retirement Ireland has contacted An Post as it is worried about the uncertainty around the instructions issued to the public last week not to post items until further notice.

Spokesman Peter Kavanagh said the suspension of services disproportionately effects older people, who are some of An Post’s most loyal customers, particularly those in isolated rural areas and those with no experience of, or access to, broadband and computers.

The Department of Social Protection says contingency plans are in place for the thousands of social welfare cheques that are due to be issued tomorrow, however it says details of how the cheques will be sent to clients has not yet been finalised.

Child Benefit is also due to be paid to parents on Tuesday, but the Department says they aren’t concerned as the majority of these payments are made electronically.

It says applications cannot be made by post and that the Department is giving phone assistance to those who need help making their applications electronically.

The Department of the Environment, who look after the issuing of Motor Tax discs, says it is continuing to monitor the situation in relation to postal applications for the service.

Electric Ireland says its keeping the situation under review and although many customers use online billing they will make arrangements to accommodate those who do not as appropriate.

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