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North Belfast MLA Paula Bradley has highlighted an error which meant thousands of letters were sent to recipients of the Winter Fuel Payment which included incorrect account details.

The DUP MLA who Chairs the Assembly’s Communities Committee said,

“I was made aware by a constituent of a letter sent by the Department for Communities that had incorrect details on it and her bank had advised they were aware of a number of these.

Upon investigation it appears there was an administration error which resulted in thousands of such letters being sent containing incorrect details. I have been assured that this error has been rectified and that payments will go into recipients account without any problems.

The Winter Fuel Payment is hugely important for many older people and it is very important they can be confident it will be processed correctly. Anyone who has received such a letter can be reassured that the error has been resolved and they should not be concerned. If anyone does require further information however then they should contact any of their local DUP representatives who will be happy to assist.”