Citizens’ Information Board returned €8m in surplus funds held in breach of state rules

Unspent funding was identified after a joint investigation by the Citizens’ Information Board and Department of Public Expenditure

Eight Citizens Information Service companies are among those funded by the Citizens’ Information Board

The Citizens’ Information Board (CIB) had to return almost €8 million which had been withheld in breach of government rules on state funding.

The CIB has a budget of around €50 million to fund a network of citizens information centres, as well as the Money, Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) and the Abhaile mortgage resolution service.

It has now emerged that 21 of the independent companies funded by the CIB had held on to €7.8 ...