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Social welfare payments hit

Payments to almost 27,000 social welfare customers who are due to get a weekly payment by cheque today have been delayed by the severe weather.

The cheques, which had been due to be collected by An Post staff from the departments' Dublin Computer Centre on Wednesday evening, were not able to be collected.

Management will be assessing the situation today and will make every effort to get the payments to customers affected.

Vincent's to the rescue

ST Vincent de Paul has said it is preparing to offer assistance to those in need during the severe weather.

SVP president Mairead Bushnell said that she has been in contact with regional presidents and all SVP regional offices were ready to respond.

"Some areas are more badly affected by the weather than others," she said, "but we will ensure no one suffers and is left without help."

Bosses flexible about travel

smalL businesses would be "very flexible" about employees working from home if travel conditions continue to worsen in the current cold snap.

Already in Britain businesses are making plans to let staff work from home to minimise the huge cost to employers of the chaos caused by the bad weather.

Mark Fielding, of ISME, which represents small and medium enterprises, said while we were lucky so far that workers were able to get to their places of employment, he expected businesses would be very flexible if travel became even more difficult.