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MABS management change ‘not motivated by evidence’ – Mitchell

29 March, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Speaking yesterday on a Motion before the Dáil to halt changes being recommended to the MABS & Citizen Information Services, Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell said that such a change as is proposed has little clear evidence to justify the re-structuring, and the Ministers response again does not provide the effective clarity.

The Dublin Bay North TD stated:

“The proposals are to regionalise the management structure, and in this will add an extra layer of management. It is believed the new regional boards will not have directors representing local communities, and will be more remote.

“It was said by the Minister that changes are needed to improve governance but there needs to be evidence provided to say the current governance model is not working. 

“It means a major change to the construction of the current service and there is no evidence to prove the need for any of these changes.

“Our priority is that people using this service get the best advice. Various bodies have come before the Social Protection Committee in regard to the changes and yet, there is no strong reasoning as to the changes and how the consumer will benefit.

“MABS and CIS provide a great service to many people throughout the country and functions with the help of many volunteers. This model is working and it should not be put at risk. If there is little evidence, then we have to ask, what is the Departments agenda behind this change? We need to think of the people using the services and keep the model that is working.” 

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