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Mackay welcomes additional help for funeral costs

Mackay welcomes additional help foNew benefit will increase eligibility by around 40%. A new benefit providing help for people on low-incomes to meet the costs of a funeral is on course to be delivered by the Scottish Government through Social Security Scotland by summer 2019. The move has been welcomed by Renfrewshire North & West […]

West College Scotland and UWS to benefit from increased Budget Funding 

WRenfrewshire MSP and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has challenged Labour MSPs to back the Scottish Government’s draft budget that plans to increase higher education spending by £12.1 million and increase spending on colleges by £18.3 million over the coming year. The proposal, set out in the Scottish Government’s draft budget plans for 2019/20, will maintain […]

Investing in Scotland’s future

Budget delivers increased funding for health, education and economic investment. A significant cash injection to health and care services and funding to help prepare Scotland’s economy for Brexit are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the year ahead.  The 2019/20 Scottish Budget, published today, proposes an increase of almost £730 million […]

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 […]