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Social welfare cash payments contract will support local post offices, jobs and communities across the country

The Department of Social Protection has today (21st February 2014) reiterated that An Post has been selected to deliver cash payment services on behalf of the Department to customers in receipt of social welfare.

Suggestions in recent days that An Post stood to lose the contract are incorrect.

On December 22 last, the Department signed the new contract with An Post after the company successfully tendered for it.

The contract will see An Post deliver over €9 billion of payments to welfare customers in 2014, involving more than 40 million transactions.

The contract is for a minimum period of 2 years with the option to extend to a maximum of 6 years in total.

The contract will be worth more than €50 million a year to An Post, and will support jobs and communities throughout the country, as An Post’s network of local offices will deliver the payments to customers.

The Department recognises the trusted and valuable service that An Post and its postmasters and staff have consistently provided and looks forward to this continuing through the new contract.