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Government must act to save MABS from ruin – Brady

4 July, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that the passing of his MABS Bill in the Dáil this afternoon means that the Government must now act to save MABS from ruin.

Speaking on the passing of his Bill, Teachta Brady sad:

“The passing of this Bill sends a clear signal to Government that they must now act to save the Money Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS) from ruin as a result of the restructuring of the service undertaken by the Citizens Information Board.

“MABS has been a huge success because of its links to the community in which it serves. The involvement of local people on the boards is what ensured that the best service was provided to meet the needs of each particular community. That is what made MABS so unique.

“The restructuring of the service has removed community involvement by disbanding the boards and regionalising the entire model. This is having a detrimental impact on the frontline staff who provide the service and the people who rely on them for support through times of financial difficulty.

“The staff in MABS have spoken, albeit anonymously to us out of fear of repercussions from the Citizens Information Board (CIB), which says a lot about the way in which they are now running the MABS service.

“This Bill has passed. It has given the Government a mandate to remove MABS from CIB to allow it to return to the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.”

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