Alternatives to Collecting Pension and Welfare Payments

Thousands of elderly people and those with bad health collect pensions or benefit payments from post offices.

Because of the current coronavirus issues – it is advisded to avoid busy places.

NEW: March 20th – Post office welfare and pension payments will now be available for collection for 90 days (3 months) – if people can’t make it to the Post Office for a while. It is normally only available for a couple of weeks.
This might be a worry for Post Offices getting targeted for thefts.

Temporary Agent

If someone is not able to collect their payment personally at the Post Office a nominated person (Temporary Agent) can be nominated to collect the payment on their behalf. 
To become a Temporary Agent, the recipient must complete the required form which is available from the Post Office or online here

When collecting a payment, a ‘Temporary Agent’ must produce the recipient’s card as well as their own valid photo I.D. e.g current Passport, Driving Licence or Public Service Card.

Payment to Banks

Alternatively – if you want payments of pension or welfare to be paid into your bank account you can request that here.
https://www.gov.ie/en/service/8ace3a-change-amend-your-bank-details/

Signing on for any benefits has been suspended with effect from 12th March 2020 until further notice. Weekly casual dockets will continue to be required as normal.