From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, announced today that a single payment to cover two weeks will be made to social welfare customers, beginning next week (Monday, 23 March) as a special response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The single payment giving two weeks of entitlement will be made on some social welfare schemes next week.

Customers on the remaining schemes will be paid the two weeks entitlement in a single payment the following week. These payments will be made to customers who collect their payments at post offices and who are paid into a bank account.

Extended time to collect payments at post offices

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has made arrangements with An Post that post offices are to hold social welfare payments for an extended period.

All post office payments will be available for collection for 90 days after they are first due for collection.

This measure means that our customers can schedule their post office visits and is in line with arrangements made by the department to promote social distancing.

Published: 19 March 2020