Limerick MABS: Minister Varadkar must intervene to protect vital service

unite-white-out-of-redFunding must be reinstated pending engagement with all stakeholders

May 24th:  Unite, which represents staff working in the Limerick Money Advice and Budgeting Service, today called on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene urgently to ensure that Limerick MABS can keep its doors open.  The call comes on foot of last week’s announcement that funding for the service has been suspended.  MABS is funded by the Citizens Information Board, which in turn is funded by the Department of Social Protection.  This vital service provides a variety of assistance and advice to people in financial difficulties.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Ed Thompson said:

“MABS is often the final port of call for families facing severe financial difficulties.  The announcement that Limerick MABS funding has been suspended has caused significant concern not only for our members who staff the service, but also for the users who depend on this vital service – many of whom are already engaging in a process with MABS.

“Unite is calling on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene urgently with the funder, the Citizens Information Board, to ensure that funding is reinstated immediately pending engagement with all stakeholders.  We will also be contacting all Limerick TDs to inform them of the situation.

“Once funding has been reinstated and the threat of closure averted, Unite would make ourselves available to facilitate engagement between the stakeholders – the Board of Limerick MABS, the Citizens Information Board and the Department of Social Protection – to resolve any outstanding issues”, Ed Thompson concluded.

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