Adams welcomes Government U-turn on Pension Forms
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams last week met two local Post Masters from the north Louth area who are deeply concerned at the future of the Post Office network.
Teachta Adams echoed their concerns and warned that government policy is threatening the future survival of many of our Post Offices, especially in rural areas.
Teachta Adams said:
“In the course of a debate in the Dáil on Tuesday evening initiated by Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien, the Cork TD asked why the Department of Social Development had redesigned its pension application form to favour Banks and not Post Offices. This threatens the diminishing income available to many Post Masters.
“In his response, the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection acknowledged the importance of the Department’s contract to Post Offices and that the application forms were amended in the past year.
“The Minister confirmed that he has now asked the Department to update the forms again ‘to contain neutral wording in respect of payment options so that one option is not favoured over another. Changing the wording will take a bit of time’.
“This is a welcome U-turn but it still falls far short of the steps which the government needs to take to provide for a sustainable Post Office network.”