Limerick social welfare applicants face eight week delay

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan

LIMERICK Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has warned that the government is failing people who need emergency social welfare payments because of unacceptable delays in the system.

The Castleconnell politician has obtained information from the Department of Social Protection that shows a majority of emergency payment applications to the Department are taking between five and eight weeks to process.

“The idea that a person in an emergency situation seeking urgent financial assistance is left waiting up to two months for a decision is unacceptable and will leave people across Limerick at risk of poverty.

“People in Limerick are facing a severe cost of living crisis and struggling to keep on top of their bills. The government must ensure that people get the crucial supports that they need,” he declared.