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St Mirren Football Club News 27th June

Hospitality
Corporate hospitality is now available to purchase for:

St Mirren V Newcastle 30th July 2013
St Mirren V Kilmarnock 17th August 2013
St Mirren V Partick Thistle 31st August 2013

Full details can be found on the attached leaflet along with our Corporate Hospitality Brochure for 2013/2104.

Home Pre-Season Games
The pre-season games at home against Morton and Newcastle United will be all-ticket. Tickets are now on sale from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.

The ticket details are as follows:

St Mirren v Morton, Saturday 20th July 2013
Adult – £10
Concession – £5
12 & Under – £2

St Mirren v Newcastle United, Tuesday 30th July 2013
Adult – £15
Concession – £8
Children – £5
Newcastle United FC team will be made up from 1st team/reserves and U21 players

Season Tickets
The current reduced prices for Season Tickets will change on 1st July 2013. Any seats currently held for season ticket holders who have not yet renewed their season tickets will also be released on 1st July 2013. Make sure you take up the cheaper prices whilst available.

Please remember if you wish to qualify for the free child place this cannot be done online, it must be done at the Ticket Office. If you try to complete this process online you will be charged. If this is a new application you will also need to bring along either a passport or a birth certificate for the child. The free tickets are only available in the Main and West Stand until 30th June. Thereafter it will only apply to the South Stand.

Ticket Office
The Ticket Office is open as follows:
Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus
Thursday 27th June 5-6pm
Saturday 29th June 9.30pm – 12 o’clock
Sunday 30th June 11am-1pm
Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

Smart Cards
If you are due to receive a new Smartcard, please note that we are waiting on delivery of the cards from our supplier. We apologise for any inconvenience and we will update the newsletter and website accordingly.

St Mirren in the Community News

Summer Camps
Schools will be stopping soon for the summer break and the St Mirren in the Community team are ready and waiting with the ever popular football camps to help you pass the long summer days!
The brand new St Mirren Dome will be the primary location for the camps with further camps being held at the St Mirren Youth Academy in Ralston and at the Lochbarr Sports Arena in Lochwinnoch.
The football camps will cover six weeks of the summer break. Full details can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301. Application form attached at the bottom of this e-mail.

St. Mirren Airdome
The new St. Mirren Airdome is a multi-purpose indoor venue suitable, with a synthetic all weather astroturf surface. It is suitable for a variety of sports and can comfortably accommodate different user groups. The dome is available for hire for birthday parties, sports events, club training and small-sided matches.
For booking or enquires please contact:
David Mackay: 07809 341 876
Email: david.mackay@saintmirren.net
Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693
Email: ross.paterson@saintmirren.net

St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131
Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome
Wednesdays: Goalkeeping Development Centre 4-5pm (5-12 years)
Saturdays:
3-5 years: 9-10am
5-7 years: 10-11am
8-12 years: 11am-12pm
Sundays:
3-5 years: 10-11am
6-12 years: 11am-12pm
Additional Support Needs: 12pm-1pm
£4 per session. Pay on the day. 1st session is free.

Paisley Town Hall reopens after £2.4million upgrade

One of Paisley’s most iconic buildings has reopened to the public after a £2.4million upgrade.

Paisley Town Hall, opened in 1882, is looking at its best again after an extensive programme of improvements and repairs

The work included roof and stonework repairs, a completely remodelled entrance and reception area more in keeping with the buildings Victorian heritage, and much more improved access for customers with mobility issues.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell recently visited the Town Hall and met with staff and customers.

“The Town Hall holds a special place in Paisley’s history and we want to ensure that it retains that role in Paisley’s future” he said

“The investment is not only conserving part of Paisley’s architectural heritage. It is also contributing to Paisley’s economic regeneration”

“The upgraded Town Hall joins the refurbished Paisley Arts Centre, and the recently confirmed plans for housing and retail development on the former Arnotts site, as evidence that we are keeping the town’s heritage relevant through innovative approaches”

“Thousands of visitors will have the chance to experience the Town Hall for themselves in October when the venue will host performances at the Royal National Mód.”

“Visitors will shortly be able to use a new tourism information point located within the reception area”

“The whole package of improvements, such as new meeting and gathering spaces just inside the entrance, will also enhance the Town Hall’s reputation as a high quality venue for everything from wedding receptions and conferences to business conferences and community events.”

Among the most noticeable new features are stunning specially made chandeliers which have the Paisley pattern incorporated into them

Externally, the work showcases some of the buildings distinctive features such as the roof turrets and the clock tower.

Depute Provost Caldwell added: “Overall, I believe the work does credit to the imagination and vision which created Paisley Town Hall and helps preserve its appeal and relevance for future generations.”

Ian Walford, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland said: “Paisley Town Hall is an important and historic Renfrewshire building and I’m delighted that Historic Scotland has played a part in safeguarding its future. The £2.4million upgrade included £482,000 funding from Historic Scotland for repairs to the historic fabric of the building, including extensive stonework and roof repairs. After a year-long programme of works I am pleased to see this notable landmark being re-opened with great fanfare, to be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.”

All photographs are taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

Coming soon, competition to win tickets to the show…

Paisley on the web will soon be launching a competition to win tickets to the Glasgow or Greenock shows, we will let you know the details as soon as we can…

The Extreme Stunt Show Live..

The most exciting, exhilarating and fastest growing motorsport event in Europe is heading your way. From monster truck mayhem to back flipping motocross, the Extreme Stunt Show has it all, live & unbelievable.

extreme-stunt2013 is bursting with anticipation, as the log awaited return of over 140 towns buckle their seatbelts ready for the thrill of a lifetime.  Extreme Events Europe prides itself on delivering quality family entertainment with a difference.  Monster stunts have been perfected and the stuntmen are sure to bring Extreme to your hometown & making Extreme a state of mind.

The Extreme Stunt Show Arena is home to all the favorites including our very own monstrous trucks Extreme and Lil’ Devil (Guinness World Record).  Drivers Glen Wise and Mark Glover will show you how to handle a 2000 plus horse powered mammoth machine.  These mean machines have been in Extreme’s Monster Garage getting a full MOT before returning for the 2013 Summer Season.

Look to the horizon as you witness our motocross madmen fly through the air Dave Wiggins and Josh Grindrod will reach new heights as they perform their death defying FMX stunts. This isn’t for the faint hearted – our daredevil duo don’t believe in boundaries and you are sure to witness the impossible, ad to this the PRO BMX Trials and Mountain Bike Riders of tomorrow

Our trained professionals are typical showman.  Ignoring all fundamental forces and defying gravity, these guys will be flying through fire, turning themselves into a human inferno, jumping ramp to ramp on quads and buggies and putting anything with four wheels onto two wheels.
What are you waiting for, come and join other like minded Extremists witness the unimaginable!

www.extremestuntshow.com
BIGGER, BADDER & BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Due to high demand new dates have been added.

 

The show will be appearing in:

Thursday 4 July   PERTH
McDiarmid Park Crieff Road, PH1 2SJ
7.30pm

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7th July ABERDEEN  
Queens Links, Beach Boulevard, AB24 5EF
Friday 7.30pm
Saturday  6 July  5pm   6pm
Sunday  7 July 2pm   3pm

Tuesday  9 July   FRASERBURGH
North Links AB43 9BB
7.30pm

Wednesday 10 July   NAIRN
Showfield Inverness Road, IV12 4RY
7.30pm

Thursday 11 July   TAIN
The Links, Shore Road,IV19 1EH
7.30pm

Friday  12 July & Saturday 13 July   INVERNESS  
Caledonian Thistle FC Stadium Road, IV1 1FF
Friday  12 July 7.30pm
Saturday 13 July  5pm   6pm

Sunday 14 July   FORT WILLIAM
Lochaber Rural Complex Torlundy, PH33 6SQ
3pm

Tuesday  16 July   OBAN
Mossfield Stadium Glencruitten Road, PA34 4PU
7.30pm

Wednesday 17 July & Thursday 18 July  CUMBERNAULD
Broadwood Stadium Atholl Drive, G68 9NE
Wednesday 17 July 7.30pm
Thursday 18 July  7.30pm

Friday 19 July   LOCH LOMOND SHORES
Balloch, Ben Lomond Way, G83 8QL
7.30pm

Saturday  20 July   GREENOCK
Battery Park Eldon Street, PA16 7QG
6pm

Sunday  21 July  ARMADALE
Stadium Bathgate Road, EH48 2PD
3pm

Tuesday  23 July   AVIEMORE
Highland Resort, PH22 1PN
7.30pm

Wednesday 24 July   MONTROSE
East Links,  Trail Drive, DD10 8SW
7.30pm

Thursday 25 July   ARBROATH
Victoria Park King’s Drive, DD11 5BL
7.30pm

Friday  26 July   FALKIRK
The Stadium Stadium Way, FK2 9EE
7.30pm

Saturday 27 July   DUNDEE
Caird Park DD4 9BX
Saturday 27 July 6pm
Sunday 28 July  3pm

Tuesday 30 July   COWDENBEATH
Racewall, Central Park Chapel Street, KY4 9QQ
7.30pm

Wednesday 31 July   KELBURN
Country Park Largs, Fairlie, KA29 0BE
7.30pm

Thursday 1 August & Friday 2 August AYR  
Racecourse Whitletts Road, KA8 0JE
Thursday 1 August 7.30pm
Friday 2 August  7.30pm

Saturday  3 August & Sunday 4 August  MOTHERWELL
Strathclyde Country Park Hamilton Road, ML1 3ED
Saturday 3 August 6pm
Sunday  4 August 3pm

Tuesday  6 August   GLASGOW
Queens Park G42 8DA
Tuesday 6 August 7.30pm
Wednesday 7 August  7.30pm

Thursday 8 August   GLASGOW
Victoria Park G14 9NN
7.30pm

Friday  9 August   EDINBURGH
Ocean Terminal Leith, EH6 6JJ
Friday 9 August 7.30pm
Saturday 10 August 5pm   6pm
Sunday 11 August  2pm   3pm

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Council’s new measures to support tenants facing benefit cuts

Renfrewshire Council is so concerned about the impact of benefit changes that it will now consider reclassifying homes where tenants are penalised by Under Occupancy Rules for having a bedroom which can’t be used because of disability or medical requirements.

This means tenants can apply to have their properties re-classified so that an extra bedroom wouldn’t be classed as a ‘spare’ but judged as necessary where no suitable alternative accommodation was available.

They would then not face reductions to their benefits as part of the Under Occupancy Rules – dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’.

The move is part of a package of measures that Renfrewshire Council has approved to manage the impact of benefit changes on its housing service and tenants.

There will also now be increased priority in housing allocations for tenants who are worst affected by the bedroom tax.

Renfrewshire Council has already agreed that, where tenants are engaging with the Council, it will not resort to eviction to collect rent due to bedroom tax.

The council has now gone further and has agreed that tenants with bedroom tax debt can still be considered for a move to downsize to a property with no spare bedroom, which will improve their financial circumstances.

Consideration will also be given to ending the right to buy for one-bedroom council properties.  The council’s housing stock is now mainly consists of flats as a result of right to buy and so the restriction may be applied to any houses the council has left which are in short supply.

That would enable greater flexibility in allowing tenants to move to properties that are more suitable for their particular circumstances.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said:  “Welfare Reform is one the biggest issues to impact upon our area and Renfrewshire Council is generally regarded as being at the forefront of the approach councils are taking to try to help tenants, families and communities deal with the severe impact of the UK Government’s cuts.

“We are prepared to work with other social housing organisations and tenants’ groups to do all we can to give our tenants the help they need in these difficult times.

“I am pleased we taking steps to help those who are caught in the trap of the ill-informed Under Occupancy Rules.   These measures that we are now taking forward can make a real difference to those of our tenants who are on housing benefit and who are in an increasingly difficult position as a result of the benefit change programme.”

The proposals were agreed at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on Thursday June 27.

Jobs staff mark year of success for Invest in Renfrewshire

Employment professionals travelled from across Scotland to hail the first year of an £8m council-run programme to boost Renfrewshire’s economy and support youth employment.

Around 250 delegates gathered in Renfrew’s Normandy Hotel as the flagship Invest in Renfrewshire programme marked its anniversary with an employability conference.

The conference was opened by Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who talked about the successes of Invest over the past year.

Visitors heard young people and businesses who have taken part in the programme talk about how it has benefited them.

They also heard from a variety of other speakers, who covered updates on national and local employment initiatives and issues, including welfare reform.

Organisations represented on the day included Renfrewshire Council, JobCentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Councillor Macmillan said: “Creating jobs and growing the economy are big priorities for the council and Invest in Renfrewshire sees us making a sizable financial commitment to both.

“The twin aims of the programme are to help young people into jobs and to assist local businesses to grow.

“It was great to hear some of the stories on the day from young people whose lives have been transformed by the opportunities they have been given, and from businesses who have been boosted by the council’s financial support.

“It was also good to use the first birthday of Invest as a chance to gather together employment professionals and let them share ideas about their work.

“I hope they found the day useful and we look forward to continuing to work with partner agencies to create job opportunities for young people in Renfrewshire.”

The previous night, a networking event was held for businesses who have taken part in Invest in Renfrewshire, also at the Normandy Hotel.

On the night, Councillor Macmillan announced that an extra £750,000 funding had been secured by the council for Employer Recruitment Incentives.

Through Invest, the council will pay up to half the wage costs of a young person aged between 16 and 24, with an extra £1,000 for businesses which agree to pay at least the Living Wage of £7.50 per hour.

Other funding available through Invest in Renfrewshire includes money for graduate internships, business development grants, and a retail improvement scheme.

For more info on what Invest in Renfrewshire could do for you, call 0300 3000 144, visit www.investinrenfrewshire.com, or email invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Vision of the future as Arnotts images revealed

Paisley residents have been given a vision of the town’s future as artist’s impressions of proposed development on the Arnotts site were publicly unveiled.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan revealed new hoardings on the frontage of the former department store showing how the development will look.

The council has brought together a plan involving public and private sector partners for 31 new-build flats on Lawn Street.

Cllr Macmillan outside Arnotts new hoardings

Plans are also well advanced for a second phase of development which will transform the iconic listed building on Gauze Street into nine luxury apartments plus retail units.

And Councillor Macmillan believes the development could kickstart a series of wider benefits for the town.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to unveil these images, which will give residents a look at how this important development will shape up.

“Bringing more people into the town centre to live can only be a good thing for the town centre, as the spending power of the new residents will boost local traders.

“When added to the development across the road at The Cloisters, and the recent investment in new student housing by UWS, we can see real progress in this area.

Cllr Macmillan outside Arnotts new hoardings

“Of course, the Arnotts development is only one of several projects which are boosting the appeal of the town centre.

“These include the work to preserve Paisley’s outstanding architectural heritage through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, and the £2.4m revamp of the town hall.

“Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has also confirmed it will be making a £1.8m investment in improved bus infrastructure in the town centre.

“We are also hoping to inject new life into the town’s night-time economy by taking forward plans to allow traffic to return to the High Street in the evenings.

“Added to this, October will see the town firmly in the national spotlight when we welcome thousands of visitors for Royal National Mod and The Spree festivals.

“The Arnotts development is proof that Paisley remains an attractive place for firms to invest, and we hope it will be a catalyst for even more development in the future.”

Construction of the new flats will be carried out for Link Group by Westpoint Homes, who have already completed the flats at The Cloisters on Cotton Street.

Construction on the first phase of the Arnotts development is expected to start next year and be completed by spring 2015.

School’s out for sports graduates

A team of aspiring sports coaches has graduated from Renfrewshire School of Sports Education adding to the county’s growing pool of young sporting talent.

Fifty-two young people from across Renfrewshire were presented with their qualifications by Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, during a graduation ceremony held recently at Renfrew Town Hall to mark their completion of a 10-month leadership course.

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Renfrewshire School of Sports Education is a training and education programme for senior pupils within Renfrewshire’s 11 secondary schools. Students are engaged in accredited training that helps them to achieve nationally recognised sports coaching awards and other leadership qualifications.

The programme, supported with funding from SportsScotland, develops skills such as running workshops and coaching children, while increasing knowledge of and participation in different sports.

Councillor Henry said, “A key part of our Active Renfrewshire strategy is to build a foundation of trainers who will ensure sport continues to thrive in the county, now, and for the benefit of future generations. The leadership course fulfils this goal and extends the range of qualifications available to young people aged 14 to 18 years old.

“Students involved in the programme have contributed over 5,500 hours of volunteering within our Active Schools and community sports programmes. Our graduates can be proud of their achievements both in and out of the classroom. It is thanks to them we were able to deliver activities such as Gateway to the Games’ School Sport Week for the benefit of others.

“We hope they leave with the confidence to apply their new skills and experience to their future endeavours while continuing to champion active and healthy lifestyles within Renfrewshire. We’re relying on them to help embed sport into the lives of our young people.”

The application process for the 2013/14 leadership course opens in August. There are 60 places available and up to 10 pupils from each secondary school can be put forward for selection. For further information pupils should contact their Active Schools Coordinator or a member of staff within their school PE department.

The leadership course is available to senior pupils aged between 16 and 18 years old.

Environmental Training Team at Kersland School

On Monday 1st July the Environmental Training Team begins the huge task of overhauling the gardens at Kersland School.  The school on Ben Nevis Road in Paisley caters for children with additional support needs aged between 5 and 18 years old

Environmental Training Team at Kersland School

(Lorraine McKay Community Champion of Dobbies, Ian Williams of the Environmental Training Team and Robert Walker Community Champion of B&Q)

This fabulous project would not be possible without the generosity of Ian Williams (ETT Chief Executive) and Steve Savage (Deputy Chief Executive) who are providing the manpower and tools required

The project began as a one off offer of a garden tidy being offered as a raffle prize for Kersland School’s BBQ Fundraiser which was on Friday 21st June but soon developed into promises of a major overhaul of all the garden areas and continuing maintenance.

Tracey Clements Marketing and PR Manager for the Environmental Training Team had been in talks with the Community Champions at B&Q Paisley and Dobbies at Braehead regarding donation of plants & seeds etc to make this project a blooming success. On Tuesday 25th June 2013 Robert Walker of B&Q and Lorraine McKay of Dobbies came along to the school with kind donations of a variety of fruit trees, bulbs, seeds, soil, trays and bushes

B&Q are also helping out through their waste donation scheme providing pallets, paint, tiles and paving slabs which although unsellable will be usable in some way during the project.

Tracey Clements of the ETT said “The generosity of B&Q and Dobbies has been overwhelming. They have been so kind and we look forward to keeping in contact with them throughout the project to let them see how it is progressing”

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) is a charity and limited company that is seeking to broaden and strengthen its board to respond to future business opportunities.

ROAR embraces equal opportunities and welcomes applications from individuals who are resident in, or who have business interests, in the Renfrewshire area.

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals who have an interest in the wellbeing of older adults and who have skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accountancy and financial management

  • Human Resources

  • Management in the public, private or voluntary sectors

  • Knowledge of the health and social care sector

Membership is non-remunerated and will include attendance at around six (daytime or early evening) Board meetings per year. Relevant expenses will be reimbursed.

 

For more information, please contact John Wilby (Chair)

c/o West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane

Paisley PA1 2SL

www.roar-renfrewshire.org

Tel 07710 782510

Closing date:  23 August 2013

Sandy Stoddart Glasgow Necropolis Tour

St Vincent’s Hospice Ambassador Sandy Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, held an exclusive walking tour of the Glasgow Necropolis with donations being taken in aid of the hospice.

Over 50 people turned up to be guided through this fascinating cemetery, giving unique historical insights into the monuments designed by major architects and sculptors of the time. Those included Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, created for the prominent and wealthy entrepreneurs of the ‘Second City of the Empire’.

Sandy Stoddart - Necropolis Tour

The weather stayed dry for the tour, as everyone enjoyed listening to this very exclusive look at part of Glasgow’s history. There was such a high demand over the weekend for people to attend the tour that Sandy very kindly agreed to hold it all over again on the Sunday.

Thanks to the generosity of all that attended the tour the fantastic sum of £650 was raised for the hospice. A special thanks to Sandy for giving his time and expertise in hosting this event for the hospice.

For all those that missed out on this walking tour Sandy will be holding an exclusive walking tour of Paisley on Saturday 8th September. Tickets are just £10 and places are limited to a maximum of 30 people. If you would like more information and to book your place, contact the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk.

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Record Levels of School Leavers Staying in Education, Training or Employment

News that record numbers of school leavers are going on to positive areas of training and employment have been welcomed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam.  The proportion of school leavers who left school during or at the end of the 2010/11 academic year who had stayed in positive destinations by March 2013 reached 89.5%, the highest percentage on record. This figure compares to a rate of 87.2% last year and means that more young people have stayed in education, training or employment after leaving school than ever before.
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George, a member of the Education and Culture Committee said:
‘These figures are hugely encouraging.  Scotland now has one of the lowest rates of unemployment for young people in Europe, proving that the government’s aims have been successful.  I remember the days of the last big recession under Margaret Thatcher where young people were not even considered, leaving them without jobs or the prospect of jobs in the future to develop the economy.  They were considered collateral damage.
‘This proves that Scotland will not go down that same road – leaving a generation on the dole with difficulty in accessing or adapting to work.  This is the right and moral way to treat our young people – a positive outlook with the right pathways for training and employment in a nation where no one will be left behind.’
Read more by visiting www.paisleysmsp.org
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Renfrewshire Council plans new measures to support tenants facing welfare cuts

Renfrewshire Council is so concerned about the impact of welfare changes that it is looking at reclassifying homes where tenants on benefits are being financially penalised for having a bedroom which cannot be used because of disability or medical requirements.

The change would mean that tenants wouldn’t be hit by under-occupancy restrictions.  The second bedroom would no longer be classed as a spare bedroom but would be judged as necessary where no suitable alternative accommodation was available.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGThe move is part of a package of measures that Renfrewshire Council is looking at to manage the current and future impact of welfare changes on its housing service and tenants.

There would also be increased priority in housing allocations for tenants who are worst affected by the bedroom tax.

Renfrewshire Council has already agreed that, where tenants are engaging with the Council, it will not resort to eviction to collect rent due to bedroom tax.  The council has now gone further and may allow tenants with bedroom tax debt to still be considered for a housing exchange move to a property with no spare bedroom, which will improve their financial circumstances.

Consideration will also be given to ending the right to buy for one-bedroom council properties.  The council’s housing stock is now mainly consists of flats as a result of right to buy and so the restriction may be applied to any houses the council has left which are in short supply.

That would enable greater flexibility in allowing tenants to move to properties that are more suitable for their particular circumstances.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said:  “Renfrewshire Council is generally regarded as being at the forefront of the approach that local authorities are taking to try to help tenants, families and communities deal with the severe impact of the UK Government’s welfare cuts.

“We have prioritised this issue and are working with everyone involved to put in place practical measures to provide support on benefit, debt and welfare issues.

“Regarding the council’s housing service, we are bringing forward what we believe are practical and achievable proposals which could make a real difference for those of our tenants who are on welfare and who are in an increasingly difficult position.”

“We are prepared to work with other social housing organisations and tenants’ groups to do all we can to give our tenants the help they need in these difficult times.

“We want our housing service to be best placed to meet the continuing challenges it faces through the impact of welfare changes.  I believe these proposals are a positive step in that process.”

A report on the proposals will be considered at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council on Thursday 27 June.