Almost 33,000 people missing welfare payments after error

Tens of thousands of welfare claimants will have their payments delayed this week after a glitch.

Almost 33,000 people missing welfare payments after error

Tens of thousands of welfare claimants will have their payments delayed this week after a glitch.

The Department of Social Protection said a “once-off” processing issue will stall the transfer of cash, which was due into back accounts today, until tomorrow.

Around 32,700 people are affected, including recipients on Illness Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Other welfare payments delayed are 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 and Maternity Benefit.

The Department of Social Protection said it very much regretted the delay and apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers.

It said late payments will be in customers’ bank accounts by 8am tomorrow.

“The Department is satisfied that no other payments are affected,” a spokesman added.

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