61. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the Citizens Information Board’s refusal to appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection to discuss the reorganisation of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, MABS and the Citizen Information Service, CIS and the cost of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46859/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Citizen Information Services)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: The question is self-explanatory. I am seeking the Minister’s views on the refusal by the Citizens Information Board, CIB, to attend a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection to discuss the reorganisation of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, MABS and the Citizen’s Information Service, CIS.
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36. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the future of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service and the Citizens Information service in view of a motion in Dáil Éireann requesting the restructuring of these services be halted to allow for meaningful engagement on this issue from all relevant stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18239/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Citizen Information Services)

Deputy Willie O’Dea: As the Minister will be aware, we debated a motion in the Dáil recently on the question of citizens information centres and MABS. I just want to ascertain what the position is now.
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324. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will outline the number of Money Advice and Budgeting Service companies that have concluded service level agreements with the Citizens Information Board; if she will provide in tabular form the number of staff employed by MABS by office and county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33393/13 asked on 09 Jul 2013 - Citizen Information Services)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), under the aegis of the Citizens Information Board, provides a high quality personal service to assist people who are over-indebted and need help and advice in coping with debt problems, in particular those on low incomes and people living on social welfare payments. In 2013, the Citizens Information Board has been allocated some €47.4 million from the exchequer of which some €19 million has been ...

325. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will outline the role of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service in relation to the Personal Insolvency Act; if she will provide MABS with any further resources to deal with the increased demand on its services as a result of the new legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33394/13 asked on 09 Jul 2013 - Citizen Information Services)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), under the aegis of the Citizens Information Board, assists people who are over-indebted and need help and advice in coping with debt problems, in particular those on low incomes and people living on social welfare payments. In 2013, the Citizens Information Board has been allocated a budget of approximately €47.5 million of which some €19 million has been assigned to MABS. In 2012 the correspond...