Deputy Lowry has slammed the Government for the on-going problems in processing Family Income Supplement applications and for failing to tackle the delays currently in the system. The Independent T.D. for Tipperary has stated that the Government has created a grossly unfair and inequitable situation whereby waiting applications are being left to one side and will not be processed until after Christmas.
Deputy Lowry explained;
“The Department of Social Protection has put all applications that are currently on waiting lists on hold and will not examine these until the New Year. Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D. has now said that these families who have been awaiting a decision for some weeks or months will now be left waiting until March 2013. While I welcome the fact that applications being made presently are now processed in a timely manner, it is grossly unfair that those who applied as far back at June are left waiting for their payment. This essentially means that families who applied for FIS as far back as last June must wait over 8 months before they will receive the payment they are entitled to. This is hugely maddening and frustrating for the affected families, who amount to over 8,000 nationally.”
“Day after day, and throughout the constituency I meet with families who are quite simply desperate for this payment to come through and do not know how they are going to cope with Christmas looming. It is unbelievable that this situation has been allowed to develop and spiral out of control to such a degree. Immediate action must be taken to alleviate the pressure, despair and distress this wait is causing families.”