Ex­tra staff to dole out money

Bray People - - News Focus -

DE­SPITE a rise of al­most 200 per cent in claims pro­cessed at the Bray so­cial wel­fare of­fice since 2007, there are only two ex­tra staff mem­bers deal­ing with the back­log.

A Bray woman who signs on reg­u­larly said that the speed of the ser­vice in the of­fice has im­proved some­what in re­cent months.

‘It’s a lit­tle bet­ter. There are four desks open and they are graded by the first let­ter of your sur­name so there are four queues now in­stead of one,’ she said. ‘You get told which queue to go in to. It’s quicker and a bet­ter sys­tem. I don’t know why they didn’t do it be­fore.

In 2007 the num­ber claim­ing Jobseeker’s Al­lowances from Bray, Shankill, Grey­stones and sur­round­ing ar­eas was around 1,800.

In 2009 the num­ber is 3,700 with the ad­di­tion of 1,300 one-par­ent al­lowance claims trans­ferred from Sligo to Bray.

This brings the to­tal to 5,000 claims. The amount of claims dealt with per staff mem­ber has risen from 95 to 238.

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