Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (560)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

560. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Abhaile scheme vouchers which have been issued since the introduction of the scheme by county, in tabular form. [52170/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Abhaile service, is a national mortgage arrears resolution service, provided free of charge to the borrower and its aim is to help mortgage holders in arrears to find the best solutions and keep them, wherever possible, in their own homes.  The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) acts as the gateway for the service and can be contacted by telephoning (0761)07 2000 or by accessing their website at: www.mabs.ie/abhaile.

Under Abhaile, borrowers who are insolvent and in home mortgage arrears on their home, are provided with voucher(s) to access independent expert financial and/or legal advice and assistance, best suited to their individual home mortgage arrears situation.  As at the beginning of December 2018, 14,620 vouchers for services have issued, in respect of 7,777 principal private residences. A breakdown of vouchers issued by county, is set out in the following table.

County

Number of Abhaile Vouchers Issued as at Dec 2018

Carlow

365

Cavan

467

Clare

319

Cork

1,674

Donegal

310

Dublin

2,337

Galway

756

Kerry

295

Kildare

757

Kilkenny

263

Laois

260

Leitrim

133

Limerick

395

Longford

267

Louth

1,022

Mayo

362

Meath

1,248

Monaghan

334

Offaly

368

Roscommon

224

Sligo

147

Tipperary

509

Waterford

437

Westmeath 

386

Wexford

570

Wicklow

415

Total

14,620