Department quells concerns of Longford job losses

The Department of Social Protection has dismissed fears of major job losses at its offices in Longford town.

Local councillor Joe Flaherty today claimed that up to one hundred jobs are to be transferred from the headquarters off the Ballinalee Road.

This evening the department insists there has been no reduction in the number of people nor posts at its Longford centralised-schemes office, nor is there any such change planned.

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It says there are some changes to the nature of the work undertaken in the office.

The department claims the administration of the Disablement Benefit, Death Benefit and Invalidity Pension schemes is being transferred from the Longford office to its Dublin headquarters.

It says at the same time, the administration of the standalone Carer’s Support Grant scheme is being transferred from the Dublin to Longford offices.

The department concludes this change is designed to free up resources in order to improve service delivery in the areas of Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Working Family Payment.