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Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people

The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.

Social welfare office in Dublin (File photo)
Social welfare office in Dublin (File photo)
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Updated 9.14pm

SOME SOCIAL WELFARE payments will be delayed by one day this week due to a technical error, the Department of Social Protection confirmed earlier today.

The Department said around 32,700 people who would normally receive a payment into their bank account today will not receive their payment until tomorrow morning.

The issue affects payments made by Electronic Funds Transfer and is due to a one-off processing issue, the Department said.

“The Department of Social Protection very much regrets this delay and apologises for any inconvenience caused to customers,” a statement said.

The delay affects 15 social welfare payments:

  • Jobseekers Benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Domiciliary Care Allowance
  • Illness Benefit
  • Occupational Injuries Benefit
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • Farm Assist
  • Back to Work Allowance
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
  • Family Income Supplement
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • JobBridge
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Maternity Benefit

The Department said it is satisfied that no other payments are affected by the error.

Payments are expected to arrive in bank accounts by 8am tomorrow morning.

More than 1.2 million people receive a weekly welfare payment in Ireland.

First published 12.44pm

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