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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 […]

Legislation to establish Scottish Social Security System passed by Parliament

Mackay: Scottish Social Security System will be built on Dignity and Respect Renfrewshire MSP Derek Mackay has said the new Scottish Social Security System will be built on dignity and respect. The Scottish Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 25th April 2018) passed legislation, allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year. […]

MSP deals with his 10,000th constituency case

Mackay takes to doors to assist locals Seven years since his election Derek Mackay has this week dealt with his 10,000th constituent case as MSP for Renfrewshire North & West. This works out to be nearly thirty new cases per week since he has been in office. Marking the milestone, Mr Mackay has taken to […]

Affordable credit for low income families

A new £2 million fund to help low income families have greater access to affordable credit has been welcomed by a local MSP Announced as part of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the Scottish Government will provide £1 million to the Carnegie Trust’s Affordable Credit Loan Fund, doubling the size of the fund. This […]

Seven years of free prescriptions

Renfrewshire residents saving on average £160 a year Renfrewshire residents are saving an average of over £160 a year on their prescriptions, independent figures can reveal. As of 1st April, prescription charges in England will rise to £8.80, however, Scots currently pay nothing, and have done since 2011 when they were abolished by the SNP […]

Derek Mackay Welcomes Child Poverty Delivery Plan

Derek Mackay MSP has welcomed a range of Scottish Government proposals to tackle child poverty – including plans for a new income supplement, which will provide financial support to families who need it most. Increasing family incomes and reducing living costs are prioritised in the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, which sets out how the […]

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 […]