MABS closure will put clients at risk

first_imgFacebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival FEARS have been raised that unless funding is immediately restored to Limerick’s Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) hundreds of people in financial difficulty could be at risk of losing their homes. The Citizen’s Information Bureau (CIB), which funds MABS as an agent of the Department of Social Protection, has suspended funding to the Limerick service claiming that it is “non compliant”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But the hand-to mouth funding system on which MABS survives means that money to pay staff and bills runs out at the end of this month, leaving seven staff out of a job and up to 192,000 clients in financial distress without advice or support.About half of the Limerick MABS clients are in mortgage arrears.The situation came to light this week when international business consultant, Daire O’Criodain, who is voluntary chairperson of the Limerick MABS board, told The Limerick Post that funding had been suspended and he feared it would not be restored in time to save the service.“If the board knew what the details of the alleged non-compliance are, we would address them but we haven’t been given a single current incidence”.Mr O’Criodain said he became involved as a volunteer in a reconstructed board last January.“There were, for a variety of reasons, times when reports were not returned on time but we have tackled that issue and are now current on everything and there is a plan in place which ensures that reports will be timely in the future.“There is not one single suggestion that there has been any financial wrongdoing on the part of anyone involved with MABS.“No money has gone astray, there’s no room with all the various checks and supervisions for that to happen. They want us to present a plan for how we’re going to manage reporting going forward but there already is a plan in place. We want to concentrate on fixing the problem.“To withdraw funding and threaten the service is huge over-reaction,” he said.Mr O’Criodain said that at the request of MABS central management in Dublin, he travelled there to meet with the chief executive, Ms Angela Black.“Ms Black kept insisting we have to be compliant but we still go not details of how we are not currently complying. She terminated the meeting and we are still no wiser. We would be very happy for them to outline to the media or anybody else what the current incidents of noncompliance are because we have not been told”.He also wrote to Ms Black calling for the funding to re-instated even on a temporary basis, with monthly reporting if CIB felt it necessary.Mr O’Criodain said that he has worked in a voluntary capacity with numerous charities and in a professional capacity in both the public and private markets, including the highly competitive international aviation leasing field, “and I have never encountered anything like this”.UNITE, the union which represents the MABS staff, has called on Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene.In a statement to The Limerick Post, UNITE regional officer Ed Thompson said that MABS was 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”, he explained.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection Deputy Willie O’Dea has expressed concern that funding for the service has been suspended. “MABS is an essential service and I have seen first-hand the vital work that they do. It is a vital resource for people struggling with financial difficulties and this service must be maintained.  “I am calling on the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to engage with the funding body, the Citizens Information Board, as a matter of urgency”, Deputy O’Dea added.When The Limerick Post contacted the Citizens Information Bureau, a spokeswoman said there was ongoing engagement between them and Limerick MABS. “Any questions relating to the staff of Limerick MABS is a matter for the employer, the Board of Limerick MABS. It is CIB’s priority to ensure the ongoing provision of a MABS service to the people of Limerick”, she added. Linkedin Email Previous articleBomb scare at Limerick city bankNext articleMen to be charged over crucifixion style attack in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSCitizens Advice BureaudebtfeaturedlimerickMABS WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement NewsBreaking newsMABS closure will put clients at riskBy Bernie English – May 26, 2016 873 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

EIVA Sets Up Business Development Team in Brazil

first_imgDanish software and hardware engineering company EIVA has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.With the Brazilian team, EIVA said it will be able to accommodate interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America.The new Brazilian team will be headed by Antonio Felipe Silva, who brings with him 13 years of experience in the offshore industry. He started his career as an ROV support technician and moved on to more sales and management-focused positions, which also included collaboration with EIVA in more recent years.“We have worked together with Antonio Felipe Silva as an EIVA representative for some years now. We have always been very satisfied with his level of commitment, drive and technical expertise. Consequently, when it became possible to combine our wish of establishing a dedicated business development team in Latin America with his wish of focusing solely on EIVA’s product portfolio, it was an obvious choice to make him head of the new team,” said EIVA CEO Jeppe Nielsen.last_img read more

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first_imgView Roundup in a larger mapThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary on Wednesday, April 10. Miscellaneous incidentsat 10:54 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of four people trapped in an elevator in the Seeley G. Mudd Building. An elevator mechanic subsequently arrived on the scene and freed the subjects without incident.at 10:15 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of a student behaving erratically at the Annenberg House and, upon arrival, observed him running up and down the street shouting incoherently. The student was physically restrained by the officers because of his combative behavior and a Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance unit was requested. RA Unit #15 responded and examined the student, then transported him to California Hospital for medical treatment.at 7:44 p.m., DPS officers responded to a patient that tripped and fell outside the Keck Hospital of USC. DPS officers were unable to contact the patient to ascertain if she sustained any injuries because she was scheduled for surgery unrelated to the fall.at 4:57 p.m., a student reported that he agreed to purchase two subscriptions from two suspects who came to his door selling magazines for a contest. The student later conducted his own investigation of the company offering the magazines and after determining that it was a scam, he stopped payment on the checks he had written.at 4:28 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of a student and her boyfriend involved in an altercation at the Parkside Apartments and detained them for questioning. Both of the subjects stated that the altercation was verbal only and the officers observed no visible signs of injury to either of them. The student and her boyfriend were then released and the officers cleared the scene.at 1:54 p.m., a student was cited to Judicial Affairs for uncooperative behavior with Los Angeles Police Department officers who detained him for a traffic violation on 30th and Orchard streets.last_img read more