Monday 5 December 2016

Postmasters urged to send forms back to Burton

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

Ms Burton said there was 'no impact' for workers on the back of the report which she insisted was part of normal aviation business
Ms Burton said there was 'no impact' for workers on the back of the report which she insisted was part of normal aviation business

Postmasters have been urged to send parcels containing controversial application forms directly back to the Department of Social Protection.

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Tánaiste Joan Burton's department sparked outrage after it sent out thousands of application forms urging customers to use financial institutions as a means of receiving State benefits.

The forms, which allow customers to apply for the likes of the State pension and the Household Benefits Package, say customers should use banks over post offices where possible.

The forms advised that the electronic funds transfer was the "best payment option for you".

Postmasters reacted angrily at the time - prompting the department to commit to revising the forms.

But in a message to the country's postmasters, the Irish Postmasters' Unions (IPU) called on the forms to be sent directly back to the department's headquarters in Dublin's Store Street.

"Please prepare a parcel of the recently received DSP forms, which recommend payment through a bank, for return to Joan Burton, the Minister for Social Protection," said IPU general secretary Ned O'Hara.

The IPU said the parcels should be sent to the department on Monday.

Irish Independent

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