Séamus Brennan Launches "Guide For
MABS To Traveller Population And Accommodation"
To Promote & Increase Use Of Service
The Minister for Social Affairs, Séamus Brennan
T.D., today urged more members of the Travelling Community to use the countrywide free, independent and confidential Money Advice & Budgeting Service (
MABS) when struggling with debt problems or difficulties accessing financial services and supports.
Minister Brennan was speaking in Dublin when launching a guide the National Traveller
MABS organisation has compiled and published that involved creating individual maps for each Money Advice & Budgeting Service (
MABS) office in the country highlighting the Traveller accommodation and population in their particular area.
The unique mapping exercise is designed to promote and increase the use of the
MABS service by the Traveller community and to assist the
MABS offices in actively targeting the Travellers in their area and promoting the supports and advice the service can offer them.
Minister Brennan said: "National Traveller
MABS is to be congratulated on producing such a valuable resource publication for
MABS offices and Travellers alike. Over recent years the nationwide
MABS service has assisted thousands of people to face up to debt problems, regain control of their finances and, in time of need, to gain access to affordable credit. While there has been a welcome increase in the use of
MABS by the Traveller Community, I feel the
MABS should be reaching more Travellers and assisting and supporting them through financial difficulties and in developing stronger links for them with the financial service providers linked to
MABS is the Government supported and funded money advice and budgeting service for all those, especially low income and vulnerable people, who face the pressures and fears that being in debt situations brings. I would urge
MABS, on the one hand, to work towards reaching more Travellers with their valuable advice and assistance and Travellers, on the other hand, to make more use of the genuine and constructive
MABS service to help them chart their way out of debt and through financial difficulties."
MABS was established in January 2005 to support
MABS services nationally on issues relating to the Traveller community. It developed from Exchange House
MABS, which identified lack of access to legal and affordable savings and credit as its main concern.
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