313. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if her Department is examining the possible collaboration of the Legal Aid Board and MABS to address the increasing numbers of borrowers losing their family homes and their subsequent difficulty in accessing their social housing entitlements; if consideration has been given to the necessity of a cross-departmental solution to this growing problem. [3736/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Legal Aid Board that their law centre staff engage regularly with the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).
The Board also has an External Consultative Panel who meet quarterly and MABS are represented at these meetings which provide an opportunity for the Board and MABS to liaise at a senior level.
Law Centre support staff and solicitors "signpost" applicants and clients to other services including MABS before and at their first consultation with a solicitor when appropriate. Question No. 314 answered with Question No. 305