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Further increase to school clothing grant

Renfrewshire’s school clothing grant will increase to £100, thanks to additional funding from the Scottish Government. The 2018/2019 Renfrewshire Council budget increased the grant to £70, however, due to £219,000 of additional funding announced by the Scottish Government, it will now increase to £100 in time for the coming school year. Derek Mackay said: “School […]

Maximum Stake on FOBTS to be Reduced

Derek Mackay MSP have welcomed the news that the maximum stake for fixed odd betting terminals (FOBTs) will be capped at £2 after a long-running campaign on the issue. Up until today, the UK has been the only developed country that allowed gamblers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on the highly-addictive electronic casino […]

Schools in Renfrewshire get Further Funding Boost

Schools in Renfrewshire will receive over £4.5m in 2018/19 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, the Scottish Government announced today (Tuesday 22nd May 2018) £50 million of dedicated funding will be provided to primary and secondary schools across Scotland in 2018/19 to help pupils living in communities affected by high levels of deprivation. The […]

Local Businesses benefit from £153 million rates relief

New figures show that the Scottish Government’s business rate relief scheme saved businesses in Renfrewshire over £153 million between 2009-10 and 2016-17. Across Renfrewshire the latest figures show that 3,038 local firms benefitted from this flagship Scottish Government policy in 2016. This figure does not, however, include premises that qualified for the new 100% reliefs […]

Legislation to establish Scottish Social Security System passed by Parliament

Mackay: Scottish Social Security System will be built on Dignity and Respect Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has said the new Scottish Social Security System will be built on dignity and respect. The Scottish Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 25th April 2018) passed legislation, allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year. […]

MSP deals with his 10,000th constituency case

Mackay takes to doors to assist locals Seven years since his election Derek Mackay has this week dealt with his 10,000th constituent case as MSP for Renfrewshire North & West. This works out to be nearly thirty new cases per week since he has been in office. Marking the milestone, Mr Mackay has taken to […]

Affordable credit for low income families

A new £2 million fund to help low income families have greater access to affordable credit has been welcomed by a local MSP Announced as part of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the Scottish Government will provide £1 million to the Carnegie Trust’s Affordable Credit Loan Fund, doubling the size of the fund. This […]

Seven years of free prescriptions

Renfrewshire residents saving on average £160 a year Renfrewshire residents are saving an average of over £160 a year on their prescriptions, independent figures can reveal. As of 1st April, prescription charges in England will rise to £8.80, however, Scots currently pay nothing, and have done since 2011 when they were abolished by the SNP […]

Derek Mackay Welcomes Child Poverty Delivery Plan

Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most. Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the […]

Community spirit during cold snap “heart-warming”

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has paid tribute to locals who have been working to keep services running during the recent weather warnings. The Government Minister, who formerly served as Transport Minister, also praised the community spirit of those who have spent time assisting neighbours and others during the cold snap. He said: […]