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Welcome to the new MABS Blog combining the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update Hub. This page will be updated on a regular basis with personal money related topics, supports and tips. Like and follow @MABSinfo on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date. Click here to read our COVID-19 Live Feed for the latest on the issues that might affect you.


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Commission for Regulation of Utilities Announce end of COVID-19 support measures

Following the recent extension of government measures regarding Covid-19, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), along with Gas and Electricity Suppliers, has extended the moratorium on domestic electricity and gas disconnections to June 29th.


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COVID-19 - Changes to Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) from June 29th

From 29 June 2020, the rate of COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be linked to your earnings. You do not need to contact the DEASP about your earnings. The DEASP has access to this information from Revenue.


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Opening a Bank Account - MABS Investigates

In MABS we receive a lot of great questions. Questions that we know many people want to ask, but don't know who to ask or where to start. This week's question is how do you go about opening a bank account and what are the basic banking options.


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Central Credit Register - MABS Investigates

In MABS we receive a lot of great questions. Questions that we know many people want to ask, but don't know who to ask or where to start. The focus of this week’s ‘MABS investigates’ is the Central Credit Register. We will cover what the Central Credit Register is, how it works, what its used for and what your rights are.


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COVID-19 - Commission for Regulation of Utilities Extends COVID-19 Customer Protection Measures to Assist Consumers

Following the recent extension of government measures regarding Covid-19, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), along with Gas and Electricity Suppliers, has extended the moratorium on domestic electricity and gas disconnections to June 29.


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Minding my Pennies - Coming out of Lockdown

As Ireland starts the next phase on our road out of lockdown, MABS reminds people to be mindful of changes in spending. We’ve pulled together three simple steps to help you mind your pennies as we move out of lockdown.


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Back to School - Too Early to Plan?

Now that summer is here and the kids are off, it is a good time to plan for the new school year in September. Liz is back to help you plan and budget for the coming months to avoid panic in August.


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Current Account Charges - MABS Investigates

In MABS we receive a lot of great questions. 'MABS Investigates' will work to provide clarity to these questions from an independent and neutral point of view. This week's question is to do with Current account charges and how they compare across different financial institutions.


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Working From Home - Tips on Managing your Budget

For many of us, working from home is very different and something new. We are presented with a new way of working and new challenges. Once we get over the technical hurdles and settle in, that’s when we might notice changes to our spending. Some bills may increase and others reduce. We have put together things for you to consider while working at home that we hope you will find useful to help you with your budgeting.


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Mortgage Protection Insurance - MABS Investigates

In MABS we receive a lot of great questions. 'MABS Investigates' will work to provide clarity to these questions from an independent and neutral point of view. This week's question is to do with Mortgage Protection Insurance and whether you should continue to pay it if you apply for a mortgage payment break."


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COVID-19 - Mortgage Payment Breaks FAQs

The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) have announced a further 3-month extension on mortgage payment breaks. This brings the payment break to 6 months. If you are considering a payment break, read this FAQ to fully understand what it means for you and your finances in the long-term.


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Getting Social Welfare Every Two Weeks? - Tips on How to Manage

 

Some people are getting paid their social welfare payments every two weeks as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus) supports measures introduced by the Government. Are you one of these people?

Carol from Dublin South MABS talks through tips on how to manage so that your money stretches.


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Dealing with your Creditors: Part Two

 

Have you been financially affected by COVID-19? Here, Margaret from North Dublin MABS is back and discusses how to deal with your creditors, with tips and tools to help.


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MABS - Open and Here to Help

 

During these challenging times, we want to reassure everyone that we are here, we are working, we might not be able to meet face-to-face, but we’ll always have your back.


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Private Health Insurance Rebates

 

Private health insurers have announced a range of rebates and other supports for health insurance customers.


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COVID-19 - Important Notice for One Parent Families in relation to Child Maintenance payments

 

Are you affected by a loss of maintenance payments as a result of COVID-19? If so, read on to find out more.


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SME Supports during COVID-19

 

If you are a Sole Trader or part of an SME, find out more about what supports are available to you during this time


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Is Your Income Maximised?

 

Following on from Managing on a Reduced Income, Liz shares some tips on how to maximise your income.


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Dealing with your Creditors

 

Have you been financially affected by COVID-19? Here, Margaret from MABS discusses how to deal with your creditors.


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BPFI Launches Information Guide for People "Cocooning"

 

The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland has published a special information guide "Safeguarding Your Money" especially for people who are "cocooning" at this time.


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Managing on a Reduced Income

 

Have you been financially affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus)? Here, Liz from MABS discusses how to manage with less money and what you can do to plan.


COVID-19 - Money Advice During This Time

If you have been affected by a loss of income or think you will be in the near future please keep reading for practical advice on how to manage your finances during the pandemic.


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COVID-19 - Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Information regarding the new DEASP payment for people affected by COVID-19, whether you've been let go from your job, lost work or need to stay home to care for someone, read on to find out where to apply and what the payment covers.


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COVID-19 - Central Bank Confirms No Impact to Borrowers Credit Rating

On March 30th, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBoI) has confirmed that there will be no impact on a consumer’s credit rating if they take part in the mortgage repayments breaks.

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COVID-19 - Circuit Court - Insolvency Notice

A notice from the Courts Service regarding Insolvency, if you have or are working to put a PC, PIA, DSA or DRN in place, please click through to find out more.


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COVID-19 - ISI issues Important Notice for Those Experiencing Debt Payment Difficulties

Notice from the ISI regarding those who are currently in a debt repayment arrangement (DRN, DSA, or PIA) or bankruptcy order payments and experiencing difficulties at this time.


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COVID-19 - County Registrars Sittings Suspended until after the 20th April

County Registrar's lists will be adjourned to a date after 20th April 2020. This will mean that mortgage possession hearings will also be suspended until after this date. The Abhaile Court Mentor service will be suspended in line with this.