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Expert Analysis Warns of Big Losses for Low Income Families

Expert analysis is warning that yesterday’s Tory budget will hurt low income families. Think-tank the Resolution Foundation published the analysis stating that “severe welfare cuts” will mean “big losses for many low-income families” – with a single parent with one child working 20 hours a week at £9.35 an hour ending up £1,000 a year […]

“Budget Will Hit Renfrewshire’s Hard Working Families and the Poorest Hardest”

Commenting on the UK Budget announcement today by Chancellor George Osborne, Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said: “This budget will hit Renfrewshire’s hard working families and the poorest hardest. The Tories have continued with a harsh austerity agenda – particularly the savage cuts in tax credits which currently help 10,500 families in Renfrewshire […]

Mackay urges Constituents to Give Blood

SNP MSP Derek Mackay is encouraging his Renfrewshire constituents to help save a life this summer by donating blood before they go on holiday. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must maintain up to a week’s supply for all eight blood groups in Scotland and supplies often see a drop during the summer months, particularly […]

10,500 RENFREWSHIRE FAMILIES WOULD BEAR THE BRUNT OF TAX CREDIT CUTS

Derek Mackay MSP is today highlighting research showing the dangers proposed Tory cuts to tax credits pose to families in Renfrewshire. Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland has calculated that 10,500 families, half of all families in Renfrewshire with dependent children, currently use tax credits, helping them to buy food, clothes and other essentials. The figures cause […]

Mackay Urges Residents to Check their Energy Bills

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is today urging families across Renfrewshire to check their energy bills to ensure they are paying the correct amount. With energy companies often sending customers estimated bills, which may be wrong, many customers can end paying for more than they actually use or suddenly owing hundreds of pounds […]

Mackay Welcomes Domestic Abuse Protection Roll Out

Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed the announcement today that Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland will be rolled out across Scotland later this year. The First Minister and Chief Constable Sir Stephen House made the announcement in Edinburgh today. Also known as Clare’s Law, the scheme allows people to contact the police […]

END OF EU ROAMING CHARGES IN SIGHT AS DEAL REACHED

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has today welcomed the announcement that the abolition of data roaming charges across the EU is today a step closer. Following a deal between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, it is likely that data roaming charges will end in Europe starting from June 2017. This […]