May 27th: Unite, which represents staff working in the Limerick Money and Budgeting Advice Service, today welcomed the news that a meeting of key stakeholders will be held next Monday to discuss the issues which have resulted in a suspension of funding. It was revealed last week that the Citizens Information Board, which funds MABS on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, had suspended funding. Next Monday’s meeting will involve representatives of the CIB and the Board of Limerick MABS.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Ed Thompson said:
“Last week’s news that funding has been suspended has caused serious anxiety not only for our members, whose jobs are on the line, but also for the many Limerick families in financial difficulties who depend on this vital service.
“The news that the Board of MABS and the CIB are to engage on Monday is very welcome.
“My understanding is that funds will run out at the end of the month, leaving the service unable to continue. I would therefore urge the CIB to provide an assurance to both the staff and the Limerick public that funding will be restored while efforts are made to address any concerns”, Ed Thompson concluded.