Social Protection Committee resumes hearings on MABS restructuring

The Committee on Social Protection Restructuring will continue its hearings on the restructuring of the Money Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Citizens Information Service (CIS) tomorrow, Thursday, 9 March 2017.

Appearing before the Committee are representatives from the National Association of Citizens Information Services and the National Development Managers Network.

Committee Chairman John Curran said: “Tomorrow, we will resume our hearings on the planned restructuring of MABS and CIS. Both organisations provide important information, assistance and advice on social services and financial advice for citizens.  MABS is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for more than twenty years. MABS is made up of 53 Money Advice and Budgeting Services operating from over 60 offices nationwide. Citizens Information Services provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. Currently, there are 42 Citizens Information Services in the country.

In 2009, the Citizens Information Board took over responsibility for the MABS offices from the Department of Social Protection. The Citizens Information Board’s strategic plan 2015 to 2018 aims to revise the management structures and governance of the Citizens Information Service and MABs. Tomorrow, we will meet with representatives from the National Association of Citizens Information Services and the National Development Managers Network to discuss the proposals and their likely impact on governance and delivery of MABS services.”

This Committee will meet at 10am in Committee Room 4 tomorrow, Thursday 9 March 2017.

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Committee Membership:

Deputies

Maria Bailey        Fine Gael
John Brady        Sinn Féin
Joe Carey        Fine Gael
Joan Collins        Independents4Change
John Curran        Fianna Fáil
Gino Kenny        AAA-PBP
Willie O’Dea        Fianna Fáil

Senators

Catherine Ardagh    Fianna Fáil
Ray Butler        Fine Gael
Alice Mary Higgins    Independent
Kevin Humphreys    Labour