Sinn Fein Bill to establish MABS as standalone body expected to pass – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed cross-party support for his Bill which would see the Money, Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS) established as a standalone body under the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.
Speaking during the debate this evening, Teachta Brady said:
“It was way back in December 2017 when I first introduced this Bill.
“Given the time that has passed since then I was unsure as to whether or not this Bill would still be relevant however having spoken to people involved in MABS in the last week – I have never been more certain about the need to remove MABS from the Citizens Information Board.
“Restructuring plans for MABS announced by CIB back in 2017 have been implemented despite opposition from MABS frontline staff and without any proper consultation with those actually delivering the service.
"This has been detrimental to the staff and the service to the public.
“The restructuring went ahead despite a recommendation from the Committee for Social Protection who examined the rationale for the changes, listened to both sides and recommended unanimously that the restructuring be halted.
“CIB appear intent on destroying the community ethos fostered by MABS since it began in 1992. This cannot be allowed to happen.
“I welcome cross-party support for this Bill and I will do everything possible to see MABS removed from under the remit of CIB to ensure its future for the people who rely on the service and the communities it serves.”