Department for Work and Pensions slated over 'callous' letter to 80 year olds

Wed, 12/09/2018 - 12:48 -- Editor

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon has described letters being sent to people aged 80 and over, telling them they need to open bank accounts to receive their pensions and other benefits, as the actions of a government department completely out of touch and with no consideration or compassion for our elderly.

The letters from the Department for Work and Pensions being sent to some 20,000 pensioners here aged 80 and over in receipt of benefits instructs them to use bank, building society or credit union accounts to receive their welfare payments from now on.