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Sinn Féin introduce Bill to put a stop to the restructuring of MABS – Brady

6 December, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has today introduced a Bill that will remove MABS from the remit of the Citizens Information Board putting a stop to the restructuring process currently underway.

Speaking while introducing the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2017 to the Dáil, Teachta Brady said:

“The sole purpose of this Bill is to remove MABS from the remit of the Citizens Information Board who are attempting to restructure MABS, something which will have a detrimental impact on the service.

“This restructuring comes without any proper consultation with MABS, without the support of the majority of MABS across the State, and in direct conflict with the recent recommendations from the Joint Committee on Social Protection who unanimously recommended halting the restructuring process.

“Not only are CIB intent on progressing with their restructuring plans without proper consultation with MABS, they have shown utter contempt for an Oireachtas Committee who have worked extensively examining the restructuring proposals, listening to all relevant stakeholders, and publishing a report with recommendations.  

“Every Member in this House and indeed, the general public know of the excellent service provided by MABS in our towns and communities. At a time when so many people are in mortgage distress, in danger of losing their homes, left to battle with banks, and in debt, the MABS service is needed now more than ever.

“The regionalisation model put forward by CIB is not welcome by the MABS service yet, their views are going ignored and the restructuring process is now underway. For that reason, we are left with no option than to remove MABS from CIB and to return it to the remit of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

“We cannot allow this restructuring process to bulldoze ahead without consultation and without the consent of MABS services. If we are truly respect and acknowledge the unique work carried out by MABS across this State, we need to remove it from CIB.” 

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