Entries by dmackaymsp

No change to free bus pass age

The Scottish Government have confirmed that the age of eligibility will not change for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and will remain at 60. A consultation on the scheme closed in November 2017, with nearly 3000 responses received from people and organisations all across Scotland. Two thirds of respondents felt that that the free bus […]

Local SNP Open Door to New Members

The Renfrewshire SNP opened its doors to new members on Saturday, with a new members fun day. Over 120 attended the day at Renfrew Juniors ground in Renfrew. The event organised by Renfrewshire MSP and SNP Chairman Derek Mackay allowed local members – old and new – to get to know each other and meet […]

Renfrew FC prepare for season back in top flight

Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has spoken of his delight at Renfrew FC’s recent success and his hope for the new season, including a call for locals to show their support. Following their promotion last season the club will play in Junior Football’s West Region Premiership. This season’s cup matches begin next weekend with the side […]

Mackay joins Renfrewshire Provost in Supporting MND Awareness Week

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has joined Renfrewshire Provost, Cllr Lorraine Cameron, in supporting MND Awareness Week in the Scottish Parliament. 18th– 24th June marked Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the condition and its impact on families in Scotland. MND is a rapidly progressing terminal […]

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 […]