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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: […]

Comments on Renfrewshire Council Budget

Commenting on the Renfrewshire Council budget for 2018/2019, Derek Mackay MSP said: “The SNP Scottish Government have delivered a good deal for Renfrewshire Council, and I’m delighted to see the new SNP administration respond to local priorities on roads renewal, a cleaner local environment and new housing. A multi-million-pound investment whilst keeping council tax rises […]

Mackay celebrates 10 years since tuition fees scrapped

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has celebrated 10 years since the SNP scrapped tuition fees on Scottish students. This week marked 10 years since the Graduate Endowment Abolition Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament – removing the backdoor tuition fees introduced by Labour and the Lib Dems. This policy ensured that students […]

Renfrewshire to receive £101,000 for language learning

Renfrewshire schools will be allocated over £100,000 this year to support pupils learning additional languages, the Scottish Government announced today. The news has been welcomed by Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay. A lack of language skills has been estimated to cost Scottish businesses hundreds of millions of pounds a year in lost exports. The Scottish Government […]

The SNP delivering for Renfrewshire

An extra £5.2 million, on top of the money already allocated, coming to Renfrewshire to spend on local services, and over £4.2 million being given directly to Renfrewshire’s teachers, to spend as they see fit, on approving the attainment gap in our local schools. The SNP Government delivering for Renfrewshire. Unfortunately, Labour joined with the […]

Mackay welcomes fund to empower women into politics

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed funding of £500,000 to help increase the representation of women in politics. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out measures that will see grants provided for grassroots and local projects across the country to empower more […]

Labour join with Tories to vote against money and jobs coming to Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire to benefit from Scottish Budget Budget passes first Parliamentary vote Renfrewshire will benefit from the Scottish budget, through increased funding for the NHS, the expansion of early learning and childcare and the building of new affordable homes. The revised Budget proposals announced today will see an additional £5.2 million coming to Renfrewshire Council to […]

Renfrewshire Schools to receive over £4.2million next year

Renfrewshire’s schools will receive over £4.2million next year to help close the poverty-related attainment gap. Pupil Equity Funding is being allocated to 62 Renfrewshire schools from the Scottish Government’s Attainment Scotland Fund in 2018/2019. The money, totalling £4,272,240, will be spent as local teachers and school leaders wish, on initiatives and schemes to helps close […]

Mackay Welcomes Increase in NHS Dental Registrations

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the latest figures that have shown NHS dentist registrations on the rise once again – with 1,115,693 people now registered across Greater Glasgow & Clyde and over 5 million registered across the country. The national figure has nearly doubled since the SNP came to power in 2007 – after […]

Over £6million lost on FOBTs in single year in Renfrewshire

The UK Government’s consultation on changes to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) comes to an end on Tuesday 23rd January 2018. The 12-week consultation – which was delayed due to the UK General Election – includes proposals to lower the maximum stakes of the machines, dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling. FOBTs currently allow punters […]