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Draft Scottish Budget 2018/2019

Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy. The 2018-19 Draft Budget will protect the NHS and public services, support low earners and unlock Scotland’s economic potential, according to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay. Setting out plans to invest an additional £400 million in Scotland’s health service, protect public services, lift the public sector […]

Comments on UK City of Culture Bid

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said: “While I am disappointed Paisley has not won, everyone involved should be very proud of the bid presented. “The bid has captured the imagination of local people, with local businesses reporting increased footfall and sales. Despite the clear disappointment, it is important we take the positives from […]

MSPs Door open to Christmas Foodbank Donations

In the run up to Christmas SNP MSP Derek Mackay is once again opening his constituency office doors to receive foodbank donations. The MSP will be accepting food donations at his office on Hairst Street, Renfrew. Anyone who wishes to make a donation of food in the run up to Christmas can drop them into […]

Paisley 2021

Derek Mackay MSP Comments on City of Culture Bid Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has wished Paisley luck, ahead of Thursday’s announcement on the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021. Commenting ahead of Thursday’s announcement, Mr Mackay said: “The whole of Scotland and Renfrewshire will be behind Paisley, as we await […]

Local MSP visits small local businesses

SNP MSP Derek Mackay is using Small Business Saturday (Saturday 2nd December) to encourage locals shop locally. Mr Mackay, who is also Scotland’s Finance Secretary, was speaking as he visited local retailers during a day long tour of small businesses across his Renfrewshire North & West constituency. The MSP visited small businesses in Renfrew, Kilmacolm, […]

MSP “very disappointed” by news Town’s RBS to close

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has spoken of his disappointment at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s decision to close their Renfrew branch. The bank announced today (Friday 1st December 2017) their intention to close the branch on Canal Street in June 2018. Mr Mackay has written to RBS seeking a meeting with the […]

Mackay Urges University Applicants not to miss Deadline

Derek Mackay, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, is urging students from across Renfrewshire who are applying to attend University next summer to ensure they do not miss the January deadline for applications. Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by Monday 15th January at 6pm. Applications must be made at […]

Mackay welcomes Living Wage rise

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the new Living Wage rate and has urged more Renfrewshire employers to become accredited. The Living Wage increased by 30 pence per hour to £8.75, with the uplift expecting to see hundreds of local people benefiting from higher wages to help meet the increasing cost of […]

Record Number of Renfrewshire Businesses Accessing Rates Relief

The Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) provided record relief to 2,665 Renfrewshire businesses in 2017/2018. The increased number of recipients benefitting from total relief under the scheme, which removes or reduces their rates bills, rose to £6.6million – an increase of £1.2 million from £5.4 million from last year. This amounts to an average saving […]

New Obesity Strategy Welcomed

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has backed plans to restrict the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks. The plans are part of Scotland’s new diet and obesity strategy, with the Scottish Government today (Thursday 26th October 2017) launching a consultation on their plans to help people lose weight, which includes: Measures to restrict […]