Social Welfare recipients can avail of early payments this week due to snow
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is aware that the expected severe weather conditions this week may make it difficult for customers whose payment is due on Friday.
Social Welfare payments made on Friday include:
· State Pension Contributory & Non Contributory,
· Widows Pension Contributory & Non Contributory
· Guardians Payment
· Invalidity Pension
· Disablement Benefit
· Blind Pension
The Department has made arrangements with An Post and the Banks to provide Friday payments earlier than usual for customers who may need to collect their payment earlier in areas impacted by the severe weather.
Social Welfare payments due on Friday, March 2 will be available from Thursday, March 1.
Customers should note that all Friday payments will be also available to collect as normal on Friday or Saturday, or indeed the following week.
"We would ask that only customers with an immediate financial need avail of this early payment option in order to ensure that Post Office can effectively manage the usual customer payments that need to be paid on Thursday," a spokesperson said.
"There may be circumstances where Post Offices have to close due to the worsening weather conditions. An Post will provide updates and information on Post Offices and all opening arrangements on their website www.anpost.ie," they added.
"Customers should exercise due caution when travelling in severe weather conditions and ensure they stay informed of the latest weather and travel information from the Office of Emergency Planning and Met Eireann."