A month ago the Sentinel revealed the Community Benefit Offices in Shantallow, which currently does not provide a full range of social security benefit services, is one of three in Northern Ireland under review. There is also one in Ballyclare and another in Crossmaglen.
Now Mr McCausland has stated: “The Community Benefit Offices currently provide only a limited range of services which often require the claimant to subsequently attend a local Jobs and Benefits Office.
“In line with the Agency’s commitment to deliver a modernised Welfare System to all claimants, a review of these offices is currently underway.
“The outcome of the review is expected to be known shortly which will then be communicated to relevant stakeholders and staff.”