Kerry TD seeks withdrawal all social welfare forms that recommend direct bank payments

A Kerry TD is seeking the Department of Social Protection to withdraw all forms that recommend direct payment to current, deposit or savings accounts in a financial institution. Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae Independent Deputy and post office owner Michael Healy Rae wants Minister Joan Burton to ensure that the forms clearly put payment at the Post Office as a preferred option. In a Dáil question Deputy Healy Rae also asked how many forms were printed stating banks as the preferred payment option and when they would be withdrawn. In reply the Tánaiste said amendments will be carried out over the next number of weeks and will be completed in a timely manner. Minister Burton says given that the department’s forms are integrated into its automated systems the work must be done carefully and properly to ensure uninterrupted service to customers. The department issues forms on a yearly basis to An Post, the number of forms issued in the most recent delivery in May was 30,000 forms for each of the following schemes, Disability Allowance,  the contributory and non-contributory State Pensions, Family Income Supplement, Carers Allowance and  Household Benefits Package.