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Cllr Carney Boud hits out at Minister Burton’s move to shift payment of benefits from post offices to banks

14 April, 2016 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud has hit out at moves by the Department of Social Protection to shift payment of social protection benefits from Post Offices to Banks.

Cllr Carney Boud said:

"At a time when some Post Offices are continuing to struggle to survive, Social Welfare benefits should not be forced to go through banks"

"I know that in my area of Dublin North West there are people who cannot use their bank accounts because they have run in to arrears with bank charges and simply don't have enough income to cover these charges. Forcing people to use banks instead of post offices is disgraceful and nothing short of turning us in to nanny state."

"Once again a move like this by Joan Burton has shown how out of touch this caretaker government is with the reality of everyday life for ordinary citizens"

"It also highlights a complete disregard for the value of local Post Offices in our communities and we should be supporting them not taking the legs from underneath them."

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