Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (297)

Willie Penrose

Question:

297. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the status of the social welfare local office (details supplied) at Castlepollard, County Westmeath; if a person has indicated a desire to continue in a position for at least two years or more; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4958/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Department currently has 58 Social Welfare Branch Offices at various locations throughout the country. Each Branch Office is operated and managed, under a contract for services, by a Branch Manager who is required to act as an agent for the Department in the area served by the office. Branch Office managers operate on a contract for service and are independent contractors.

The contract for the delivery of contracted Branch Office services in Castlepollard is due to expire on the 9th of February 2018, and the Department is considering options for the delivery of services in this area.