Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Social Welfare Payments Administration
My Department introduced a series of measures to maintain social welfare payments while assisting with social distancing measures designed to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
Fortnightly payments were introduced to minimise the need for people to attend and queue in banks or post offices to collect payments, so helping people restrict their movements to essential activities only. These were introduced on a ‘payment in advance’ basis so people did not have to wait two weeks for a payment.
Some payments, such as Maternity Benefit, Paternity Benefit and Parental Benefit, which are paid exclusively into a customer’s bank account by Electronic Fund Transfer, have reverted to a weekly payment pattern. The situation in relation to the reversion of other schemes - which are paid in post offices as well as by EFT - back to weekly payments will be kept under review given the need to maintain social distancing.