Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow-Kilkenny Bobby Aylward TD has confirmed that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will write to the Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Information Board (CIB) to request an information note on the changes being implemented in respect of the reorganisation of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).

“I have been in regular contact with board members and volunteers within MABS since this process began and the message has been consistent and clear. They feel that the restructuring and regionalisation process has been imposed on them without proper costings or full consultation,” stated Deputy Aylward

“At the most recent meeting of the committee, I proposed that we would write to the CIB, which governs MABS, to request an information note on the decision to change the structure of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service stating the reasons for change from a county to a regional structure, the criteria used for this process and to clarify when and by whom the final decision was made.

“Volunteerism is at the heart of MABS and CIB and now, because of the ongoing restructuring process, those who have given years of service are in danger of being completely marginalised under the new model. Effectively, the changes are being imposed and the views of those who are opposed to the restructuring process have not been given a fair hearing.

“The whole process is undemocratic and even more so since a motion which Fianna Fáil brought forward passed in the Dáil calling on the restructuring process to be halted. This was followed by a report from a cross-party committee on social protection calling for the same outcome.

“I have also asked the Chairman of PAC Sean Fleming TD to consider inviting in both MABS and the CIS before the Committee to seek answers to the many questions which have been left unanswered while the process continues to be rammed through. I am hopeful that, as an Oireachtas Committee, we will seriously consider inviting them to come before us and allow us the opportunity to question this regionalisation process,” concluded Deputy Aylward.