Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1488)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1488. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of new clients presenting to the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, MABS, in the first three months of 2017, 2018 and 2019, by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19726/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), under the aegis of the Citizens Information Board, provides assistance to people, in particular those on low incomes or living on social welfare payments, who are over-indebted and need help and advice with debt problems.  As part of its free services, MABS provides help and advice to those in mortgage arrears.

The number of clients presenting to MABS in the first three months of 2017, 2018 and 2019 is shown by county, in the table following:

MABS Services by County  

Q1 2017  

Q1 2018  

Q1  2019  

CARLOW

158

122

158

CAVAN

91

111

90

CLARE

115

72

89

CORK

513

448

517

DONEGAL

168

142

141

DUBLIN

1,478

1,234

1,355

GALWAY

256

240

233

KERRY

152

140

164

KILDARE

174

145

183

KILKENNY

67

67

102

LAOIS

125

93

90

LEITRIM

34

44

41

LIMERICK

172

128

121

LONGFORD

70

58

102

LOUTH

136

147

188

MAYO

122

123

114

MEATH

166

127

161

MONAGHAN

86

55

47

OFFALY

53

53

77

ROSCOMMON

42

27

47

SLIGO

78

89

85

TIPPERARY

253

217

253

WATERFORD

249

248

242

WESTMEATH

206

120

176

WEXFORD

100

81

83

WICKLOW

284

231

303

TOTAL

5,348

4,562

5,162

The total number of new clients presenting to MABS for the full year in 2017 was 16,740 and in 2018 the number of new clients for the full year was 15,387 .

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.