The government are causing severe heartache for many families trying to get back to employment. One of the key payments for low paid families are Family Income Supplement payments (FIS).
Anyone returning to work to claim these payments are having to wait on average around 10 months to receive these payments which is causing severe hardship for many families who have done the right thing and have found employment only to be messed around by the government.
Another thing that should be pointed out is that these payments are going to paid as lump sum payments which will be a huge drain on solcial welfare figures.
FATHER-OF-THREE Stephen Kinsella spent two years out of work until he finally secured a job (on a three-month rolling contract) at a local factory in May 2012.
It was happy news, especially as his wife Mary was expecting their fourth child. However, the Carlow resident would still have money worries, despite the weekly income. As a result, he discovered that he is entitled to the Family Income Supplement and applied for the payment in June this year.
At the time of application he was told it would take up to 20 weeks for a decision to be reached.
This week, the Department of Social Protection said it would be March 2013 before the application is processed.
The department confirmed that at the end of last month there were 15,131 applications awaiting decisions. This included 7,267 new FIS applications and 7,864 renewals.
The delay has been caused by the continued strong claim intake, according to a spokesperson.
Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment