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How social welfare payments are paid


If you live in Ireland and are getting a social welfare payment, you can choose the method by which you are paid. There are three different methods of payment:

  • Electronic Fund Transfer: social welfare payment paid directly into your bank account
  • Payable order: a book of payable orders to cash at your local post office
  • Social Welfare Services Card (SWS): used for identification purposes to collect certain social welfare payments at your local post office. This is being replaced by the Public Services Card.
Page edited: 1 August 2014



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