Tuesday, January 12, 2021

 

The use of electronic signatures for those collecting their social welfare entitlements in Post Offices around County Roscommon should be suspended once again amid high Covid-19 case numbers, according to Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane.

Speaking today the Sinn Fein deputy said that she had been contacted by a number of constituents who were concerned at having to use an electronic pen to sign when collecting their State Pension in recent weeks.

“This practice had been suspended previously due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19. It seems bizarre that at a time when Covid cases have never been so high that the practice of every person coming into the Post Office having to use the pen for electronic signature would be continued at this time,” she said.

“I have contacted the Secretary-General of the Department of Social Protection and An Post in relation to this and I have asked that this practice be suspended once again as part of efforts to minimise and stop the spread of Covid-19.   “We do not want a situation where older people, in particular, are worried about having to use the electronic pen when collecting their payment,” said Deputy Kerrane.

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