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Council Leader urges UK Government to give councils new powers over payday loan companies

The Leader of Renfrewshire Council has written to the UK Government to urge that councils be given new powers to regulate payday loan companies.

Councillor Mark Macmillan has asked the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to give councils powers as part of their licensing remit, so that payday loan companies would have to apply to local authorities to set up in the area.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Macmillan said: “The Office of Fair Trading has referred the issue of payday loan companies to the Competition Commission to address some serious concerns at national level and responsibility for monitoring such lending companies will pass to the Financial Conduct Authority in April 2014. So some progress is being made.

“But much more needs to be done at local level – and done now – to stop communities falling victim to these companies that fail to check if customers can afford the repayments, and then hound them with aggressive tactics when they can’t pay back the loan.

“It’s scandalous that at the moment these companies can simply move into areas where there are vulnerable people already struggling financially, with no questions asked. Too many families have fallen into a vicious circle of toxic debt after being caught in the payday loan trap of anything up to 4,000 per cent interest.

“I’d urge the UK Government to do the right thing and give councils the local regulation that’s desperately needed over these companies’ ongoing attempts to suck money out of low-income communities.”

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 already allows councils to regulate several types of business where it’s in the public interest including taxis, second hand dealers and street traders.

Councillor Macmillan’s letter to Secretary of State, Vince Cable MP, is calling for the scope of the Civic Government Act to be widened to include payday lenders, or that an alternative regulatory scheme be established.

Renfrewshire Council has banned access to pay day loan websites from its own PCs including computers in libraries and community facilities.

The council has also created a 45-strong team to help people who are facing difficulties as a result of benefit cuts. Residents who are struggling with debt or who are worried about benefit cuts should call 0300 300 0288.

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Universal Credit is “soul-destroying”

Renfrewshire Council’s Leader has called on the UK Government to wise up and open up after a leaked report revealed staff delivering its flagship benefit change branded the programme “soul-destroying” and “unbelievably frustrating”.

Recent media reports about Universal Credit findings, quote one member of staff as saying: “This is the third review in 16 months. No rollout plans, no confidence in going forward and stakeholders losing confidence in our ability to deliver”.

Councillor Mark Macmillan has branded the findings “shocking” and is calling on the UK Government to share the details of its plan to replace six benefits with Universal Credit across the UK.

Councillor Macmillan said: “These shocking findings prove what we have suspected all along – that Universal Credit is in chaos. We’ve now heard directly from people at the heart of this project that there’s secrecy, dishonesty, no rollout plan, and no confidence. Even the people working on the programme don’t know anything about future developments. That’s nowhere near acceptable.”

Universal Credit will replace child tax credits, working tax credits, income-based job seekers allowance, housing benefit, income support and income based employment support allowance.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Macmillan added: “The UK Government should wise up, open up and share all details of planned roll out of Universal Credit. They have a duty to reassure everyone receiving the six benefits that will be replaced by Universal Credit. Families in Renfrewshire will want to know exactly when and how they will be affected.

“The Government is insisting that everyone apply for this benefit online, despite many people not having an internet connection or a PC. They also want those receiving the new benefit to transfer their housing benefit to their landlord themselves, which is ludicrous considering there are many vulnerable residents who need support to manage their finances.

“The public deserve to know more about Universal Credit now so they can start to prepare for the major changes it will bring.”

Thirteen UK council areas were part of the original Universal Credit pilot that started in September 2012 and a recent announcement confirmed that six more places will offer the benefit from October 2013.

True Acts of Goodness Street Party, Paisley

TAG Street Party

Date: Saturday 10 August 2013
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Abbey Close, Paisley

Come on down to Abbey Close and enjoy family activities and food for all the family:

  • BBQ cafeTrue Acts of Goodness Street Party, Paisley
  • Inflatable games and bouncy castles
  • Face-painting
  • Kids Creative Centre (12pm – 2pm)
  • BodyWorks Busting (Glasgow Science Centre)

Everything will be free of charge.

This event is brought to you by Elim Christian Fellowship.

TAG stands for True Acts of Goodness and doing something to make someone else’s day that bit better!

Information from Renfrewshire Council.

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Fire Engine Rally Paisley 2013

Sound the alarm! An impressive fleet of modern and vintage engines (some of which date back to the 19th Century) will leave Canal Street Fire Station and make their way through the town to County Square.

With fire safety demonstrations and prize giveaways, it’s another one not to miss!

The parade starts at 11am, with a selection of fun events to keep the family entertained taking place in County Square throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 17 August
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: County Square

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Photograph taken by Anne McNair.

Information from Renfrewshire Council

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St Mirren F.C Updates August 2013


The new season kicks off on Saturday 3rd August with the team travelling to Inverness. St Mirren fans will be located in the South Stand and will be able to pay at the gate.

The tickets details are as follows:

stmirren.pngAdult – £21
Junior/16-25/Concession – £16
Under 12 – £10

Its just over 2 weeks until our first home game of the season, season tickets are selling well, but there are still some available to purchase from the Ticket Office. If you purchase an adult season ticket, as opposed to buying individual tickets, you could save £75 per season and enjoy every Scottish Premiership Game during the season.

Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy has put together an excellent corporate hospitality package for the St Mirren V Kilmarnock game on Saturday 17th August 2013, kick-off 3pm.
Match day hospitality is available for groups of two upwards (at shared tables) where our corporate dining is the perfect networking platform to entertain guests and clients. A convivial atmosphere is assured, great food is a certainty.

Guests will enjoy the following:
* Private car parking facility.
* Enter through the exclusive Hospitality Suite entrance.
* Champagne on arrival**
* Hostess table service.
* Three course meal complemented by fine wines.
* Accreditation in the match day magazine.
* Exclusive match day competitions
* Match day magazine & corporate team sheets.
* Executive seating in Main Stand.
* Half-time hot & cold snacks served with tea or coffee.
* Post Match presentations by the Match Sponsors Man of the Match
* Inclusive drinks package both pre & post match**

Cost per person (drinks inclusive): £95 + VAT**
Season Ticket Holders (drinks inclusive): £85 + VAT**
Cost per person (pay bar): £75 + VAT
Season Ticket Holders (pay bar): £65 + VAT

For more information or to book your place please contact Commercial Manager, Campbell Kennedy by tel: (0141) 840-1337 or or

Campbell will also take advanced bookings for any other upcoming matches over the season.

Lifelong fan Ally McCrae went back to his roots last week to visit his boyhood heroes at St Mirren to have a week look behind the scenes. You can join him in his tour at the attached link

Ticket Office
The Ticket Office is open as follows:
Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm
Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email

U20 SPFL League Fixtures
The fixtures for the U20s have now been released. The first 4 games are as follows:

06/08/13 Dunfermline V St Mirren
13/08/13 St Mirren V Ross County
20/08/13 Hibernian V St Mirren
03/09/13 St Mirren V Aberdeen

Full details can be found on the website.

St Mirren in the Community News

Last Summer Camp
There is now only 1 week left of Summer Camps. Why not send your kids along, even for one day. Details are as follows:

5th August to 9th August
St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Goalkeepers Camp, 5 to 14 years 1400-1700 £40
St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Advanced Player Camp 1400-1700 £65 (kit included)
The Advanced Player Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team who are looking to further develop their skills.

For more info please contact Community Coach, Dave Mackay by telephone: (0141) 840-6131 or e-mail:

Full details of all the camps can be found at

Music to Paisley’s ears

With just 10 weeks until The Spree and Royal National Mòd 2013 arrive in Paisley, both festivals have added even more traditional Scottish musical acts to their already busy line-ups.

The Spree (10 – 20 October) is returning after a successful debut in 2012 and has this year been designed to wrap around the Royal National Mòd 2013 (11 – 19 October) which will take place in Paisley for the first time in its century-old history.

Like last year, much of the action will take place in the spectacular setting of a Spiegeltent in the town’s County Square. Historic Paisley Abbey, celebrating its 850th anniversary this year, will provide unique surroundings for a number of events.

Traditional music acts confirmed for the Spree festival this week are:

  • Hugely-popular fiddling duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain who will appear with Ross Ainsie and Jarlath Henderson for a vibrant mix of original compositions and traditional tunes (Saturday 12 October)
  • The award-winning Mànran who perform a unique and powerful blend of Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary music (Wednesday 16 October)
  • Gaelic supergroup Dàimh with a brand new album of high octane Hebridean dance-based instrumentals and imaginative arrangements of Gaelic songs (Tuesday 15 October), and
  • Famed singer Horse McDonald for a rare acoustic performance, specially put together to coincide with the Mòd celebrations (Sunday 13 October).

Tickets for all these shows will be available from from 9am on Friday 2 August.

Musical acts already announced for The Spree include Capercaillie, Donnie Munro and Rachel Sermanni. Comedy nights with Craig Hill, Fred MacAulay and the Stand Comedy Club will provide the laughs and Denise Mina and Vic Galloway will be showcasing their literary efforts. Tickets for these shows and more are available from The Spree website now.

Tickets for a unique combination between Admiral Fallow, The Twilight Sad and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra sold out with 12 hours of going on sale last week.

While the main Mòd competitions will take place in the refurbished Paisley Town Hall and venues across the town, a series of fringe events – including a torchlight procession, sports tournaments, a fiddlers’ rally and cèilidh dances – will also take place.

To celebrate the Royal National Mòd coming to Paisley, Mòd Gold Medal winner James Graham hosts an afternoon concert accompanied by James Ross on Saturday 25 August at Holy Trinity & St. Barnabas church.

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing James Graham to Paisley. James is a renowned Gaelic singer, and will showcase the depth of Gaelic talent that will be coming to the town this October.’

Mòd Phàislig will be releasing updates on other activities between now and October. The website has more details.

The Spree is being run in partnership with Event Scotland, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

An Comunn Gàidhealach is bringing the Mòd, a historic and culturally-significant festival, to Paisley for the first time. To find out more, please visit

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Home Pre-Season Game

We  have one pre-season game left to  play at home. Tickets are still available from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop.


The ticket details are as follows:


stmirren.pngSt 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


First SPFL Game

Our First SPFL game is on 3rd August 2013 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club. St Mirren fans will be located in the South Stand and will be able to pay at the gate.


The tickets details are as follows:


Adult – £21

Junior/16-25/Concession – £16

Under 12 – £10

Match Day Bar

The hospitality suite will be open again as a match day bar for  our Game against Newcastle on 30th July 2013.

The suite will open from 5.30pm with last orders being called at 7pm bar allowing the bar to close as per licensing regulations at 7.15pm.

Entry is £5 for which you will be issued with a match day bar ticket which includes your first drink at the bar plus access to the bar for one hour post match.  Please note that there will be no admission to the lounge post match if you don’t have a match day bar ticket.

No under 18s will be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for this event are available from the stadium’s main reception. Any unsold tickets will be sold on the day of the match (subject to availability) from the Hospitality Suite entrance.

Ticket Office West Stand 

The new Ticket Office situated in the West Stand beside turnstiles 11-14 will be in operation again for the Newcastle match.  This proved to be a big success. We realise that there was a queue towards kick-off and we would like to thank our fans for their patience. We are looking at ways to improve this, however all fans were able to enter the ground prior to kick-off.


Ticket Office

The Ticket Office is open as follows:

Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus from 10am to kickoff on Tuesday 30th July 2013.

Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email

Matchday Parking at St Mirren

Season tickets for the White Car Park are still available to purchase at a cost of £50 for the season which covers all matches. The car park offers secure car parking behind the West Stand on matchdays. The Club are aware that there were initially delays in exiting the car park post match in the first season at Greenhill Road, but have worked hard since to ensure everyone can exit within 5-10 mins of the end of the match. We do require, for safety reasons, to ensure all pedestrians are outwith the stadium environ prior to commencement of exiting of vehicles.

We also offer parking on a match by match basis at a cost of £4, tickets available from the Car Park Steward at the entrance to the White Car Park.

To purchase a White Car Park season ticket, you can contact Main Reception (tel 0141 840 6121) at St Mirren Park or download the application at the bottom of this email

U20 SPFL League Fixtures

The fixtures for the U20s have now been released. The first 4 games are as follows:

06/08/13            Dunfermline V St Mirren

13/08/13            St Mirren V Ross County

20/08/13            Hibernian V St Mirren

03/09/13            St Mirren V Aberdeen

Full details can be found on the website.

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Panda Club

The Panda Club is open to St Mirren fans, both male and female, aged 5-12 years old and membership is FREE!!

A day at The Panda Club is as follows:

* SFA/St Mirren FC Qualified Coach for 1 hours coaching.

* Lots of footballing fun within the new St Mirren Dome.

* 1 match day ticket. Children will be accompanied and supervised by Community Coaches to the match.

* Panda Club members will be seated in the exclusive ‘Panda Area’ in the Reid Kerr College Family (South) Stand.

* The cost per child is £3 with a season ticket (displayed upon arrival) and £5 without a season ticket.

Football sessions will take place on the astroturf inside the St Mirren Dome, located at the North Stand End of St Mirren Park.

Adults wishing to attend the game can purchase tickets from the St Mirren Ticket Office

Parents are to collect their child at the Community Office, located at the North Stand End of the stadium, at the end of the match

Panda Club details for pre-season fixtures are as follows;

St Mirren FC v Newcastle United FC
Tuesday 30th July
6:00pm – 9:00pm

For bookings and further information please contact Football Development Officer Ross Paterson on (0141) 840-6131 or email


Last 2 Summer Camps

There are now only 2 weeks left of Summer Camps. Why not send your kids along, even for one day. Details are as follows:


29th July to 2nd August

St Mirren Dome Camp, 3 to 5 years, 0930-1230 £40 or 6 to 12 years 0930-1530 £60


5th August to 9th August

St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Goalkeepers Camp, 5 to 14 years 1400-1700 £40

St Mirren Youth Academy, Ralston, Advanced Player Camp 1400-1700 £65 (kit included)

The Advanced Player Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team who are looking to further develop their skills.


For more info please contact Community Coach, Dave Mackay by telephone: (0141) 840-6131 or e-mail:


Full details of all the camps can be found at

Win a FREE professional family or personal portrait session

Act fast for a FREE professional family or personal portrait session this Sunday afternoon! What are you up to this Sunday? Available between 4.15 and 6 pm? Your chance to win a portrait session in a Glasgow studio and get 3 prints for FREE with one of our main photographers for Alex Kyle Photography.

Session lasts no more than 1 hour. T&C’s apply (must smile, must be able to make your way to Kinning Park, must like photos and fun, no pets allowed this time… Up to 6 people max. Photos may be used for promotional purposes) Simply share this post and click ‘LIKE‘ at

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Missing Persons Appeal..

Last seen in Paisley Renfrewshire. Barry’s been missing since Monday night (15/07) and the family are getting really anxious about him. Can people (especially his friends in Scotland) please share this photograph?

If you are in touch with Barry – please ask him to call home and let everyone know he’s alright. If you’ve any information about his whereabouts over the last few days – please get in touch with the Paisley Police force on 0044 (0) 141 532 6180



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Discount boost for sport in Renfrewshire

Local sports teams are being encouraged to get their pre-season training underway by taking advantage of the discounts available across Renfrewshire leisure facilities.

Renfrewshire Council has halved the cost of its synthetic pitches making it more affordable for local teams to continuing training in the area.  The adult team hire cost for a two-hour session has fallen to £91.90 from £183.80 per hour, effectively giving teams their second hour of play for free.

Under 18s also benefit from the same price as a result of the council increasing its concessionary discount from 30 to 50% off the adult price. The concession for young people extends to all activities, across all sport facilities.

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The measures are part of the council’s strategy to increase participation in sport and include a

£5 million overhaul of the council’s grass pitches and changing facilities.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Giving residents access to affordable but also modern, high-quality leisure facilities is a key part of our Active Renfrewshire strategy. It increases people’s ability and desire to get active, which is good for individual wellbeing and the future of sport in Renfrewshire”.

Ahead of each new season the council undertakes a programme of maintenance to ensure its pitches remain in match-fit condition. This includes the repair or replacement of goalposts, seeding, weed control and line-painting.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said, “Our pitches are always fully booked. These measures ensure the clubs and groups that regularly use the pitches continue do so and feel they’re getting a better deal as a result.  Local teams play an important role in supporting healthy lifestyles, promoting community involvement, and in giving younger players the opportunity to participate in sport at a level suited to their ability.

“Getting active in Renfrewshire however isn’t just about engaging in competitive sport. We want more people to take part in, and enjoy, whatever form of physical exercise suits them best. By increasing the concessionary discount, our younger residents have the opportunity to experience a whole range of pursuits such as swimming, visiting the gym, cheerleading or taking part in one of the many exercise classes available at our new facilities – all for half the adult price.”

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