Overpayments of social welfare can arise due to a range of reasons such as administrative errors on behalf of Department of Social Protection, genuine misunderstanding on behalf of recipients and fraud.

However, irrespective of the cause, the Department are now deducting  15% weekly directly from Social Welfare payments.

This forces many people who are financially vulnerable to live below the poverty line. There  is no right to appeal this decision regarding the percentage to deduct.

If you have been affected by this decision and would like to share your story with National Traveller MABS, please contact us on 0761072230. We hope that by gathering information we can work with other bodies to press the Department of Social Protection to change this new procedure. 

Published: 12 March 2015