Mackay welcomes NHS pay rise

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Mackay welcomes NHS pay rise
First Minister announces 3% rise for majority of healthcare staff.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the news that the majority of NHS Scotland staff will receive a 3% pay rise this year.

Staff currently earning up to £80,000 will receive at least a 3% uplift, and those earning £80,000 and over will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600. Staff not at the top of their pay bands will also receive any incremental progression they are due.

This uplift is a payment on account of progress made in negotiations so far.

Negotiations between the Scottish Government, employers and unions on pay, terms and conditions continue towards a three year pay deal.

Compared to equivalent staff in NHS England:

Experienced porters at the top of Band 2 will be over £500 better off
Healthcare assistants at the top of Band 3 will be over £600 better off
Auxiliary nurses with a year’s experience in Band 4 would be over £800 better off.
Nurses with five years’ experience in Band 5 will be over £400 better off
Paramedics in middle of Band 6 will be over £450 better off
Advanced Nurse Practitioners in the middle of Band 7 will be over £250 better off

For staff paid weekly, the pay uplift will be paid week beginning 2 July 2018. For those paid monthly, the uplift will be made in end July salaries. The payments will be backdated to 1 April 2018 as quickly as possible.

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay said:

“I know the last few years of pay restraint have been tough, and that is why I’m proud that the budget I brought forward this year included the lifting of the 1% pay cap for public sector workers – the first government in the UK to do so.

“The Scottish Government are currently in negotiations to agree a 3 year pay deal for NHS staff in which we aim to not just match but exceed the deal agreed in England. I hope these talks reach a positive conclusion soon.

“But we don’t believe those working in the NHS should have to wait for that agreement to be reached before they get a pay rise this year. That is why I am delighted the First Minister has announced those earning up to £80k will get a 3% pay rise now, and will be backdated to 1st April as soon as possible.”

Double parking and parking on pavements to be Prohibited

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Transport Bill Introduced to Parliament
 
Flexible options introduced to improve bus services
 
Double parking and parking on pavements to be Prohibited
 

The Transport (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by local MSP and Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, alongside Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

The Scottish Government’s Bill will bring forward the most radical measures since devolution to make Scotland’s transportation network cleaner, smarter and more accessible than ever before. It aims to empower local authorities and establish consistent standards in order to tackle current and future challenges, while delivering a more responsive and sustainable transport system for all.

Proposed measures in the Bill include:

Providing local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) with the flexibility to improve bus services through partnership working with operators or, where there is a good case for doing so, local franchising or running services themselves.
Enabling the creation and decriminalised enforcement of Low Emission Zones.
Prohibiting double parking and parking on pavements and giving local authorities the powers needed to enforce this important change.
Standardising smart ticketing technology to ensure compatibility, and setting in place an advisory body to best support interoperable Scotland-wide smart ticketing.
Strengthening the powers of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner in order to better regulate road works.
Allowing RTPs to build up and carry appropriate financial reserves.

Derek Mackay said:

“This Bill reflects a period of significant public consultation and engagement. It provides the Council with the tools to address issues specific to Renfrewshire.

“We are also providing clearer options for authorities to pursue local franchising or provide services themselves in appropriate circumstances.

“The Bill will allow for decriminalised enforcement of double parking and parking on pavements. This is an issue I know is a problem in parts of Renfrewshire and has been raised with me by many constituents. This will help transform our local towns and villages into more accessible and more pleasant places to live.”

More Details of the Bill can be found at:
http://www.parliament.scot/Transport%20(Scotland)%20Bill/SPBill33S052018.pdf
https://news.gov.scot/news/new-transport-legislation-set-to-empower-local-authorities

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP takes a stand against cancer

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Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, Gavin Newlands, is backing a life-saving appeal from Cancer Research UK for more NHS cancer staff.

He attended a special event in Westminster last week (Wednesday 6 June) to launch the charity’s new campaign – ‘Shoulder to Shoulder Against Cancer’.

It encourages everyone to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NHS by calling on the UK Government to tackle the chronic shortage of staff who diagnose and treat the disease.

For 70 years the NHS has been at the forefront of fighting cancer, but with a growing and ageing population cancer services are struggling to cope with the increased number of diagnoses.

This means more staff are urgently needed to keep up with the demand for life-saving tests and treatments, yet already 1 in 10 NHS diagnostic posts are unfilled.

In the UK, cancer survival rates are still lagging behind the best in Europe and in Scotland many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.

To help save more lives, Cancer Research UK is now urging the UK Government to commit to training and employing more NHS staff to diagnose and treat cancer earlier.

Gavin Newlands MP said: “More people are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to the fantastic work of the NHS staff who turn breakthroughs in research into vital tests and treatments.
“But as the health service reaches its 70th birthday, it’s facing unprecedented challenges.
“Every year, 6800 people are diagnosed with cancer in Paisley and Renfrewshire North. With this number set to rise, it’s vital that we have an NHS which is fit to deliver world-class care for all cancer patients now and in the future.
“That’s why I’m backing Cancer Research UK’s call to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NHS against cancer, so that everyone has the best possible chance of surviving this devastating disease.”
To speed up and improve cancer diagnosis and treatment investment is needed in key professions, including radiographers and radiologists who carry out and interpret scans such as MRIs, endoscopists who look inside the body by inserting a tiny camera and pathologists who look for abnormal cells, as well as oncologists (cancer specialists), nurses and surgeons.
Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re grateful to Gavin Newlands MP for his support. It’s up to all of us to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NHS against the disease.

“Without increased investment in NHS staff, we could see the death toll from cancer rising. But by acting right now and investing in the early diagnostic workforce, we could help prevent a crisis in the future and save many more lives.

“Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer. It’s our ambition for this to be 3 in 4 by 2034. That’s why we hope MPs, patients and the public get behind this vitally important campaign to help make our cancer services among the best in the world.”
To take action visit cruk.org/shouldertoshoulder or join the conversation on twitter #ShouldertoShoulder.

St Anthony’s Primary School scores top marks in inspection

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A primary school voted the first Scottish recipient of UK Literacy School of the Year has been given a glowing report by inspectors.

Staff from Education Scotland visited St Anthony’s in Spateston, Johnstone in April and spoke with pupils, staff and parents.
The school received ‘very good evaluations’ over all four quality indicators and was praised by inspectors for its ‘literacy rich’ environment.
Head teacher Jacqueline McBurnie’s ‘clear strategic direction’ and ‘strong personal and professional commitment to meeting the needs of all children’ was also picked up.
The school was praised with helping to close the poverty related attainment gap and the report noted: “Children facing barriers in their learning, including those facing socio-economic challenge are making good progress.
“There are positive signs that the work of the school is having an impact on closing the attainment gap.”
The school’s welcoming ethos was also praised, as well as it’s ‘supportive culture’ for learning.
Head Teacher Jacqueline McBurnie said: “I am delighted that our school community has received such a positive inspection report. This is testimony to the strong team spirt we have built in St. Anthony’s where our values are at the core of what we try to achieve, every day in every way for everyone. “
The inspection report also detailed how children are benefitting from being part of an inclusive learning community in which issues of poor behaviour are rare.
Inspectors said: “Children behave very well in classes and are eager and motivated to learn. Staff have a strong commitment to creating a purposeful learning climate for children. In addition, there is a strong and shared focus from all staff to build children’s resilience in learning and communication skills. The impact is that children feel nurtured, cared for and are keen to learn.”
Another significant strength identified by inspectors was the ‘strong collegiate culture and professional engagement’ which enables staff to work well together and to feel valued and supported.
Ensuring children’s wellbeing is another strength of the school, with children valued, cared for, respected and included.

The school also houses a unit for children with communication disorders such as autism, and children with additional support needs are well supported.
The 35 children there benefit from the ‘warm, nurturing ethos’, with the overall environment for learning and teaching showing a commitment to children’s well-being and development.
Inspectors deemed the overall quality of teaching as very good and added: “Staff have a strong understanding of the individual strengths and needs of children and use this well in their teaching. Overall, teaching is motivating and interesting and engages learners well. “
Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “We are committed to ensuring that all our children and young people are supported to reach their full potential by providing the best learning environments possible.
“It’s wonderful to see the hard work and drive of the head teacher and staff at St Anthony’s being rewarded with such a positive inspection report.
“As well as making strides in closing the attainment gap and providing access to high quality teaching, it’s also clear that the school’s nurturing and caring environment is benefitting pupils.”

Glasgow Airport launches Campus Watch initiative ahead of peak summer period

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– Airport launches industry-leading Campus Watch approach to remind small minority of passengers that disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated –
Glasgow Airport has today (Wednesday, June 13) launched this year’s Campus Watch drive ahead of the 2018 summer season to remind passengers that disruptive behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

Campus Watch was introduced in 2013 in partnership with Police Scotland to tackle disruptive behaviour at Glasgow Airport and provides training, advice and support to staff who interact with passengers on a daily basis. This includes check-in staff, security teams, bar and restaurant employees, retailers and airline crews.
One of the key aims of Campus Watch is early intervention. Staff across the campus are encouraged to report the details of any potential incident of disruptive behaviour to the airport’s central control room through a dedicated phone.
This information, including passenger description and travel details, is shared with staff across the airport campus via a rapid text alert system.
In addition to this, Glasgow Airport has also invested more than £10,000 this year to introduce a new digital radio system to help disseminate live Campus Watch intelligence across the terminal in addition to the text system.
Disruptive behaviour can cover a broad range of offences and actions can range from a verbal warning to arrest. As an example, if an incident is alcohol related the passenger involved will be warned about their behaviour by Police Scotland officers, refused service across all retail and catering outlets and gate staff will be notified in advance of their arrival. Gate staff can then speak to the passenger and determine if they should be permitted to board the aircraft.
Glasgow also took the unprecedented step this week to launch a national advertising campaign to remind passengers of their responsibilities when travelling through the airport this year.
Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer for Glasgow Airport’s parent group AGS Airports Ltd, said: “For many of our passengers, the airport experience signals the start of their holiday and there’s nothing wrong with this. We want to ensure our passengers continue to enjoy a memorable but ultimately safe and disruption-free experience.
“While it’s important to stress that the vast majority of passengers travelling through our doors do so responsibly and that incidents are extremely rare, Glasgow Airport continues to operate a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour.
“Our Campus Watch system is effective because we work closely with our airline partners, retailers, caterers and Police Scotland representatives to address and often pre-empt incidents of disruptive behaviour at the airport.
“While we’ve chosen our peak summer period to promote this drive, Campus Watch is a year-round initiative. Thanks to our early-intervention approach to challenging disruptive behaviour, we’ve a seen a significant reduction in the number of incidents during the first five months of the year.
“However, one incident will always be one too many, particularly as disruptive behaviour can disproportionately affect a large number of passengers on board an aircraft.
“Campus Watch sends a clear message to what remains a very small minority of people acting in a disruptive manner that we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to unacceptable behaviour.”
 
Other steps taken at Glasgow Airport as part of the Campus Watch initiative include:

Police Scotland patrols at the drop-off area ahead of potentially problematic flights
New Campus Watch marketing material displayed across the airport
Airlines make airport-based Police Scotland officers aware of group bookings
Police Scotland officers make themselves known to large groups arriving at the airport
Duty free staff will also remind passengers the alcohol they purchase is for export only and cannot be consumed in the airport or on board an aircraft
Regular Campus Watch drop-in sessions held for staff to learn more and share experiences
Campus Watch forum made up of airport partners meets regularly

Sergeant Clare Riddoch, who heads up Campus Watch at Glasgow Airport, said: “We work with our airport, retail, catering and airline partners to ensure incidents of disruptive behaviour are few and far between.
“On the rare occasion someone is disruptive their behaviour can have a significant impact and cause concern and misery for a large number of passengers, particularly if the incident occurs on board an aircraft.
“By creating a single point of contact with Campus Watch and delivering consistent messaging and regular training, thousands of people employed across the airport work together to tackle disruptive behaviour as soon as it becomes an issue.
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“Campus Watch works, so much so that we’ve welcomed representatives from a number of other UK airports to the terminal for an overview of the operation and they’ve incorporated our approach into their own programmes.
“Key to our continued success is ensuring that we always look at ways to improve. The new radio system is an example of this and ensures we communicate Campus Watch messages immediately as they happen.
“It’s completely understandable that people want to start their holiday with a bit of fun, but they should always remember to behave appropriately and drink responsibly, making sure they’re fit to fly. Being drunk or disruptive in the airport or on board an aircraft will certainly cost them more than just their flight.”
Glasgow Airport, its airline partners, caterers and retailers are also signatories of the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers launched last year. Like Campus Watch, the code has been designed to create a common, consistent approach to preventing and minimising disruptive behaviour.
Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee said: “Glasgow Airport’s Campus Watch initiative is a great example of our industry’s commitment to tackling the problem of disruptive passengers. Thankfully incidents of disruptive behaviour are a very rare occurrence, with data from the Civil Aviation Authority showing that the number of incidents is stable despite record passenger growth.
“However, where they do happen the impact can have serious consequences. That is why initiatives such as these at Glasgow Airport are so important.
“The AOA and our airport members are part of the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers, which was developed with support from airport police, bars, restaurants and retailers as well as with airlines and the UK Government supports these efforts. The Code enables a common approach across UK aviation to ensure that everyone can enjoy a great start to their holiday.
“Together we make clear that disruptive behaviour, including due to excessive alcohol consumption, is not acceptable. Passengers should be aware that consequences of such behaviour could include losing a holiday because they are denied boarding as well as fines, flight bans and prison sentences for the most serious offences.”

RESPECTFUL FUNERALS

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Huge steps have been taken to make it easier for families in Renfrewshire to provide a dignified and respectful funeral service if they find themselves in particular financial circumstances

Renfrewshire Council has agreed funding and that council officers will work directly with Funeral Directors to develop an agreed standard for a Respectful Funeral Service for residents within Renfrewshire. This will cost no more than a specified amount and will be below the Scottish average. Funeral Directors which commit to providing this service to the agreed standard and within the cost criteria set, will be included on a list of Funeral Directors provided online which highlights the fact that they can provide a respectful, affordable funeral service.
Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Cllr Iain Nicolson said : “We believe individuals should have access to support which helps to provide a respectful and dignified funeral service, particularly when financial circumstances are already difficult for some families.
Renfrewshire Council have also agreed that all Council costs involved in the death of young children under the age of 16 will be removed. This involves, lairs, internment and registration.
Cllr Nicolson added, “Losing a child is one of the biggest tragedies that a family can endure. The steps we have taken are a small way of helping to support families and show that Renfrewshire Council recognises that the trauma and pain of having to organise your childs funeral is something that no one every plans for or expects to happen”
“I am proud that this SNP administration have brought these policies into force and helping families across Renfrewshire cope with what is often a difficult time for them”
These new policies were approved early 2018 and now the Scottish Government and COSLA have recently agreed to work together to remove all local authority charges for child burials and cremations. While Renfrewshire Council have removed  fees for those 16 and under, this new commitment – which is supported by Scottish Government funding – will see the removal of fees consistently and completely across all council areas, for the burial of those under 18.
Cllr Cathy McEwan, Convener of the Infrastructre, Land and Environment Board welcomes the moves by the Scottish Government adding:. “Dealing with funeral costs can be extremely difficult and it’s important that we look to support parents and families.  “We are pleased to be working with the Scottish Government to ensure that all local authorities can fully commit to removing their charges for the burial or cremation of those aged under 18. I am also pleased to see that at both levels of government, the SNP are working to help families who find themselves in difficult and traumatic circumstances”

Renfrewshire cemeteries set for £1million investment

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Major improvements are set to be delivered in Renfrewshire’s cemeteries as part of a £1million investment.

Drainage systems, roads and pathways will be the main focus to ensure that cemeteries are a suitable setting for local communities dealing with the loss of a loved one.
There are nine cemeteries in Renfrewshire, consisting of more than 56,000 lairs, and the area undertakes on average 548 new burials every year.

As the largest and most frequently visited, £500,000 will be invested in Hawkhead Cemetery as part of significant work to improve the drainage and roads infrastructure to ensure it can continue to support almost half of Renfrewshire’s burials each year.
Bishopton and Inchinnan will also significantly benefit from the planned works, with each cemetery being allocated £75,000 as part of the programme for infrastructure improvements.
A further £350,000 will be invested in Renfrewshire remaining cemeteries including Arkleston, Broomward, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise the need to provide an appropriate setting for those who have lost a loved one to not only lay them to rest, but also for them to return to visit.
“This investment will ensure that our cemeteries will see a significant improvement which will benefit our local communities and provide a space befitting of the circumstance.
“It is further evidence of our ambitions to support our communities and provide them with high quality facilities across Renfrewshire.”
The Council spends almost £9million on StreetScene activities across Renfrewshire which includes street cleaning, grass cutting and cemetery maintenance and the £1million investment will supplement this activity to ensure cemeteries are able to continue to support communities appropriately.
The programme is set to commence in Autumn later this year.
For further information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/cemeteries

Renfrewshire school pupils hit the high notes with Scottish Opera

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Hundreds of Primary Three pupils from across Renfrewshire joined voices to take part in an interactive live performance with Scottish Opera at Paisley Town Hall.

The hour long musical experience shows children how an opera is made and features them as the chorus, singing alongside the national company’s professional principal singers and 50 strong orchestra.
As part of ‘The Opera Factory’ education initiative, around 400 children from 11 primary schools, including Our Lady of Peace, Cochrane Castle, Bridge of Weir and Wallace, were taught a song adapted from the aria ‘Non piu andrai’ from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro .

The song ‘If you go to a show that’s an opera’ was specially arranged by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, who was also the conductor, and new lyrics were penned by actor and director Allan Dunn.
Other schools to take part were Lochwinnoch, St John Ogilvie, Mossvale, Thorn, Fordbank, Woodlands and Inchinnan.
To prepare the children also watched short films and learned from guide vocal tracks presented and sung by mezzo soprano Sarah Shorter.
They also learned about the different people who work at Scottish Opera, from costume and set designers to directors and conductors.
Pupils were also made aware of the different elements that take an opera from the earliest planning stages to rehearsals and opening night.
Rebecca Rose Malone from Wallace Primary School said: “I enjoyed watching the conductor using his baton to show when voices go up and down”, while her classmate Leo MacDonald said: “ I enjoyed learning about the costumes, some costumes can make you look rich and I would like to design some. “
Primary 3 pupil Chloe Fahey said: “I liked learning the song and working as part of a team. “
Renfrewshire Council’s Education and children’s services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “It’s been wonderful to welcome Scottish Opera to Paisley so that hundreds of our young people can learn more about the art form.
“I know they’ve been working hard in school ahead of the show to learn the song and were excited to sing live with a real orchestra and professional singers.
“It’s a great initiative which opens culture up to youngsters from all backgrounds and makes it accessible to all and which  hopefully may lead to a lifelong love of music and the arts.”
Jane Davidson MBE, Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education said: “We are delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council on this exciting project. The schools in the area have always had a very good reputation for teaching and performing music, especially vocal music and the pupils raised the rafters in Paisley Town Hall singing along with the orchestra and singers of Scottish Opera.”

Johnstone High School continues on improvement journey with visit by inspectors

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A visit by inspectors to Johnstone High School details how the school has made improvements to support children’s health and wellbeing and learning.

Staff from Education Scotland, who originally inspected the school in November 2016, revisited in February 2018 and spoke with pupils, staff and parents.
The original inspection set out areas for improvement, agreed by inspectors, the school and Renfrewshire Council.
The latest findings detail how the school responded to this, including building a strong foundation for improving young people’s health and wellbeing.

The report noted: “A variety of developments across the school are improving staff’s understanding of their roles in relation to improving young people’s engagement in learning, young people’s relationships with others and their health and wellbeing.
“These developments are having a positive impact on young people’s awareness of their own wellbeing.”

Inspectors also picked up on how the school’s senior leadership team is prioritising developing a culture of school improvement which involves pupils, staff and parents and added: “As a result the school community feels that this is creating a more inclusive and supported learning and working environment. The head teacher and senior leaders provide clear direction for a more streamlined approach to improvement planning by focusing on two priorities, health and wellbeing and learning, teaching and assessment.”
Young people in lessons are ‘quietly attentive, motivated and engaged’ while the school was seen to benefit from a ‘strong partnership’ with its Parent Council.
Parents also spoke positively about improvements and progress the school has made.
While the impact of the new self-evaluation arrangements can’t yet be measured, staff were praised for showing a good awareness of their responsibility for improving outcomes for learners.
Opportunities for young people to contribute to school improvement and develop their leadership skills have also increased.
The school’s tracking data predicts improvements in attainment will be reflected in this year’s exam results but more time is needed to see the full impact of the improvements in learning and teaching on young people’s attainment.
Johnstone High head teacher Lynne Hollywood said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the visit by Education Scotland as it recognises the shared commitment and hard work of our pupils, parents and staff to ongoing school improvement.
“We have had two key priorities this session – the health and wellbeing of our young people and providing high quality learning and teaching in every classroom. Education Scotland welcomed this and noted how we are actively developing a culture of school improvement.
“Our attainment is improving in a number of key measures and 94 per cent of our leavers go on to a positive, post-school destination, an eight per cent increase over the last two years.  Education Scotland also noted the improvements we had made to our S1-3 curriculum and the increased range of opportunities available to both pupils and staff.”
She also thanked the entire school community for their contribution to Johnstone High’s improvement journey and added: “It is an exciting time for us. We have a clear vision and direction and will continue to drive improvement and positive outcomes for our young people.”
Renfrewshire Council’s Education and children’s services convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “It’s heartening to see Johnstone High is making good progress with the health and wellbeing of children one of the top priorities. Work has also been done on providing high quality learning and teaching with improvements expected across this year’s exam results.
“I am confident that with the strong vision and leadership of the head teacher and her senior team that the school will go on to build further upon this good work.”
Education Scotland has no plans to revisit the school and a progress report from Renfrewshire Council and the school will take place within the next year.

£10million Bishopton Council housing contract secures community benefits

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Thursday 7 June, 2018
£10million Bishopton Council housing contract secures community benefits
A new £10million contract to deliver 80 homes for rent in Bishopton will bring an additional range of community benefits including new job and apprenticeship opportunities.

Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board approved awarding of the Council housing contract to Lovell Partnerships Ltd.
The new homes will be available to rent from Renfrewshire Council at Dargavel Village by 2019.
And the contract includes agreement to create four jobs for people new to the construction industry and two apprenticeships as well as a series of work experience placements, school visits and careers events.
On top of this, staff will be supported to complete qualifications through the benefits, developed in consultation with Renfrewshire’s Community Benefit Forum.

“We are committed to supporting the Scottish Government in its ambition to build 50,000 affordable homes across Scotland and in approving this contract, Renfrewshire Council will build high quality homes available for social rent and secure benefits for the local community,” said Councillor John Shaw, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board.
“The contract includes job opportunities and qualifications targeted towards people with no prior experience to give them the chance to develop their skills and make that important first step towards their chosen career. It will also showcase the varied roles to inspire local school pupils and college students.
Cllr John Shaw
“This is another important step towards our local target to build 1000 new affordable homes in the five years to 2021, and in doing so create positive thriving communities and encourage people to come and live and work in Renfrewshire.”
The 80 homes are funded through Council investment and the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Grant, providing a mix of flats, semi-detached and mid-terraced houses.
They are being built on two locations on land allocated at no cost by BAE Systems, who are leading the regeneration of the former Royal Ordnance Factory site into Dargavel Village, with 950 homes already occupied.
The regeneration project also includes a new M8 motorway junction to enhance Bishopton’s connectivity to the wider region, with the first phase completed on schedule last year and expected to open in early 2020.
Bishopton Programme Manager Jon Gettinby, from BAE Systems, said:  “The new affordable housing scheme in Dargavel Village is another example of BAE Systems’ long-term commitment to transform the former Royal Ordnance Factory into a new community.
“We’re working hard to create an exciting mix of residential properties in the village as well as educational, health, commercial and recreational facilities, all of which is connected to the wider region by excellent transport infrastructure.”
Find out more about the new housing at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/dargavel
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David Christie, Senior Communications Officer
Renfrewshire Council
0141 618 4498
david.christie@renfrewshire.gov.uk