Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (338)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

338. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will introduce an electronic payment system for those claiming the contributory or non-contributory State pensions during Covid-19 to help reduce the risk of contracting the virus by removing their need to withdraw their pension weekly from their local post office. [2300/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

For the duration of the pandemic, alternative payment arrangements, such as the option to have one’s payment made directly into a current account by electronic fund transfer (EFT), are accommodated at the request of a customer to the Department. This allows for the payment to be paid directly into a current account in any financial institution, whether that be with An Post, a bank or a credit union.

Those in receipt of either contributory or non-contributory State Pension payments have the option of payment by EFT.