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Scottish budget will prioritise health and education spending

Investing in public services and growing the economy will be prioritised in spending plans to help protect Scotland’s prosperity as far as is possible in the face of continued uncertainty over Brexit. Speaking ahead of the Scottish budget, Derek Mackay said: “On Wednesday, I will set out the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the year […]

Derek Mackay MSP Comments on Remembrance Sunday

Today we remember the fallen. This morning I attended the Remembrance Service at Renfrew Cenotaph, before visiting Erskine Home to also pay my respects. Wreaths were also laid at Paisley and Bridge of Weir and this afternoon I attended an event in Bishopton. It is important that we take time to stop and reflect on […]

Mackay marks Living Wage Week

Derek Mackay MSP said: “I marked Living Wage Week by visiting Quarriers in my constituency to celebrate them becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. We now have over 40 accredited Living Wage employers in Renfrewshire, and in Government we are committed to using our new Fair Work First strategy to make payment of the Living […]

Money seized from crooks up for grabs

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging local community youth groups to bid for a share of money seized from criminals. Applications are now open for a share of the £700,000 from the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Youth Work Fund. Cashback takes assets seized from drug dealers and other criminals and puts […]

Mackay urges Constituents to Give Blood

SNP MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging his Renfrewshire constituents to help save a life by donating blood. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service aim to stock six days’ worth of each blood type at all times. Blood has a very short shelf life and can’t be stockpiled, so donors are required every day to help […]

Make Sure Your Defibrillator is Registered

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is joining forces with the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and the British Heart Foundation to highlight the importance of ensuring defibrillators located in sports centres, schools, community halls and shops across Renfrewshire are registered with the emergency services. A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart […]

No change to free bus pass age

The Scottish Government have confirmed that the age of eligibility will not change for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and will remain at 60. A consultation on the scheme closed in November 2017, with nearly 3000 responses received from people and organisations all across Scotland. Two thirds of respondents felt that that the free bus […]

Local SNP Open Door to New Members

The Renfrewshire SNP opened its doors to new members on Saturday, with a new members fun day. Over 120 attended the day at Renfrew Juniors ground in Renfrew. The event organised by Renfrewshire MSP and SNP Chairman Derek Mackay allowed local members – old and new – to get to know each other and meet […]

Renfrew FC prepare for season back in top flight

Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has spoken of his delight at Renfrew FC’s recent success and his hope for the new season, including a call for locals to show their support. Following their promotion last season the club will play in Junior Football’s West Region Premiership. This season’s cup matches begin next weekend with the side […]