AN offer to deliver cash to vulnerable people who have to totally shield themselves is genuine, a Swindon councillor has confirmed.

The Department of Work and Pensions has contacted a number of people, mainly elderly or vulnerable, telling them the Post Office can make deliveries of cash to its card account customers who are in quarantine – about 27,000 people in England.

Account holders are being contacted by the DWP and can arrange for their pensions or benefits to be delivered by post the next day.

With fraudsters reportedly trying to take advantage of the lockdown crisis, a number of Priory Vale residents contacted their councillor Vinay Manro.

Coun Manro said he had checked and it is a genuine offer.

He said: “Vulnerable Post Office customers who need to shield during Covid-19 pandemic can have their pensions and benefits payments delivered in cash to their homes.

“Thank you for the Post Office, our local postmasters, and their teams for their continued hard work to support our communities”