Families across Scotland are being encouraged to check if they qualify for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment as schools re-open next week.

The one-off cash payment is open to people who receive certain benefits or tax credits and are a parent or carer of a child born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016.

Parents do not need to take up a school place to get the money – people who are home schooling or have deferred their child’s start date can still apply.

Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“The move from nursery to primary school can feel like a huge step for parents as well as kids. It can also come at a cost – putting extra pressure on low-income families.

“As parents gear up for kids starting school next week, many will be feeling the financial impact of Covid-19. I urge them to check if they are eligible for the School Age Payment and apply today.

“I’d also encourage people to check what other support is available to them at this difficult time, such as the school clothing grant and free school meals.”

Chief Executive of Social Security Scotland David Wallace said:

“Since the outbreak of coronavirus, we have been working in different ways with the vast majority of our colleagues now working from home.

“Despite these restrictions, we remain committed to getting payments to people who need it.

“We are encouraging people to apply online in the first instance. For those that cannot access the online application, a limited telephone service is available where people can speak to one of our Client Advisors.”

People can get more information and apply at mygov.scot/schoolpayment

Background

  • Applications opened on 1 June 2020 and will remain open until 28 February 2021
  • Parents who have deferred entry to August 2021 should still apply in the 1 June 2020 to 28 February 2021 window. If they wait until after then it will be too late and they will miss out on their payment
  • There is no requirement to take up a place at school to be eligible for the payment
  • To be eligible you have to live in Scotland and be receiving certain benefits or tax credits. To find out more, including the eligibility criteria, visit mygov.scot/schoolpayment
  • In last year’s application window 1 June 2019 to 29 Feb 2020, we paid a total of £4.6 million in Best Start Grant School Age Payments supporting over 18,000 families at this key stage in a child’s life. The latest stats can be read at www.gov.scot/publications/best-start-grant-and-best-start-foods-high-level-statistics-to-31-may-2020/
  • Demand for School Age Payment has been high and so processing time might take longer than usual. Once we receive an application, we will write to the client with the outcome.
  • Since coronavirus restrictions were put in place, the majority of our colleagues moved to working from home. This means we’ve been unable to offer our full inbound telephone service. We have a limited number of lines available for inbound calls. This is aimed at those who need help with their applications and cannot access our services online. Clients can speak to one of our advisors by calling 0800 182 2222 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
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People love a thrill, especially when there’s also a possibility of winning some money. And when there is even bigger money involved, the popularity of an endeavor is almost a guarantee. This is probably why lotteries have been around for some time now, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere anytime soon. Whether these are online lotteries (check out this site to find the best lotteries and their results), or the biggest national ones, people are still crazy about them, taking part more than once and hoping it will change their lives.

But not many people consider the differences between various lotteries. The idea is always the same; after all, they all are lotteries. However, every country has its own rules on how to win a jackpot, and how much it can be.

In this article, we will focus on two of the biggest and most popular ones, the British and the American lottery.

The British Lottery

The National Lottery is a state-franchised, national lottery in the United Kingdom. The first draw took place in 1994, and the lottery has been conquering people’s hearts ever since. All prizes are paid as a lump sum. What’s more, they are tax-free, as the tax is paid along with the ticket. So whatever you win, you take it all.

The British National Lottery offers some choices as well.

Three main games offered by The National Lottery

Lotto

This is a classic lottery game where a player is supposed to pick six numbers between 1 and 59. Prizes are awarded to people who hit at least three numbers.

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Here, the game requires a player to choose from the same numbers as in the case of Lotto but allows to pick up to five numbers and decide how many balls they want to match. All numbers need to be matched if a player wants to win.

Thunderball

The third game offered by The National Lottery requires a player to choose five main numbers from between 1 and 39, plus a Thunderball number from 1 to 14.

When it comes to Lotto, to win a jackpot, you need to guess all the six numbers for which the odds are at around 1 in 45 million. However, if the prize is over £50 million, you only need five numbers to win, which puts the odds slightly higher – at 1 in 144,414.

Other British Lotteries

Of course, not all British lotteries are a part of the official National Lottery. One of the largest lotteries in the United Kingdom is the Health Lottery, which consists of 51 local society lotteries from different parts of Great Britain. Each of them raises money for some charitable causes related to health problems in the area. These societies take turns participating in the process; therefore, all can share in the proceeds.

The American Lottery

In the US, unlike the UK, lottery wins are subject to the federal income tax, which takes almost 40% of the lottery winnings. What’s more, many states even have additional taxes and withholding. Luckily, many advisors and lottery tax guidelines are available, so no one gets lost in all the rules and regulations.

The Powerball

The American lottery is called the Powerball, and it is one of the biggest lotteries in the world, offering some of the largest jackpots available.

A player has to choose five numbers from a set of 69 white balls and one from 26 red Powerballs. The latter number can’t be the same as the former ones.

A winner can be paid in 30 installments or in a lump sum.

The biggest jackpot in the history of Powerball was a $1.6billion prize, and then a $758.7 million prize.

The odds of winning the Powerball aren’t very high, being about 1 in 292 million.

Because of the taxes, it’s possible to collect the prize in installments, very often in the span of many years, which is more beneficial, as the tax is lower, and allows you to save the money by reducing the risk of spending it all at once.

Mega Millions

Though it’s hard to compete with the Powerball, Mega Millions is doing quite a good job in the field. It’s also a US lottery offering large jackpots. Its format is the same as the one of the Powerball.Try your luck!

Lotteries definitely are a safer type of gambling than putting your fortune at stake. Though the odds aren’t very high, we constantly hear about people winning millions, so why shouldn’t you try?

Many of the restaurants, bars and cafes at the shopping destination and Soar at intu Braehead are taking part in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Visitors will receive a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, when dining-in at participating eateries on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August 3 to August 31. Diners can take advantage of the money-off meal deals as many times as they want.

The discount is available for food and non-alcoholic beverages, but does not include takeaway purchases. Visitors will not need a voucher, as participating establishments will simply discount their bill.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “Many of our cafes, bars and restaurants are now open and have signed up to the Eat Out Help Out scheme.

“This is a fantastic incentive for people to treat themselves with a meal out after months of lockdown. A family of four that would normally pay, say £80 for their meal will only be charged £40 thanks to the initiative and the eateries at intu Braehead taking part.

“We’re seeing more and more visitors returning every day, so we’re confident that plenty of people will be taking advantage of the fantastic Eat Out to Help Out scheme and will enjoy a delicious meal together.

“Of course, we’ll be continuing to do everything we can to make sure intu Braehead is a safe place to visit and work.”

The cafes, bars and restaurants participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme will be regularly updated at intu.co.uk/braehead, but they currently include:

Five Guys; Lord of the Isles; McDonalds; Nando’s; Pizza Express; Pizza Hut; Prezzo; TGI Fridays; Yo! Sushi; Frankie & Benny’s – open August 10 and Harvester, which is opening soon.

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We all enjoy lotto games. They are unforeseeable, they offer a feeling of excitement and what’s most important – they can make you win a lot of cash. But besides just giving an opportunity to have a good time, several of the lottery games may additionally help charities. Why? For many years, the objective of a lottery was to get money to help people level the playing field, to those physically impaired, the veterans and many more. The money from bets was then given to various organisations. So, if you enjoy both: playing a game and sustain some regional (or global) charity objectives, choosing a lotto is a great idea. It’s good to check, though, how much of the revenue, in fact, goes to charity. Below we analyse some of the online lottery games as well as their participation in philanthropic activities.

The National Lottery game

The National Lotto is possibly the most popular one in the UK. It runs since 1994 and according to the organisers’ info, around half of the cash goes mosts likely to the prize fund, and virtually a quarter of them is given to charity– the so-called ‘good causes’ as the Parliament states. Around 28% of every ticket price also goes with them. The ‘good causes’ are furtherly divided into 4 categories: health, environment protection, fair education, and charity. All of the good causes may vary: some of them are against criminal offence and violence and some help to protect rare species of fish. To sum up, it’s worth observing that around 25% of the lottery game money is dedicated to make our world a better place.

The Health Lottery game

The Health Lotto game is another alternative for those who wish to contribute to charity goals. The lottery has actually been active since 2011 and it’s indicated to sustain the British healthcare system. It remains in fact composed of twelve smaller lottos throughout the UK and also it’s broadcast live each week. Nonetheless, there have been some debates concerning the lottery, as it ended up that only about 20% of the ticket cost goes to charity, while The National Lotto game gives away 28%. Still, 20% is a massive amount when you take into consideration how many people try their luck – on average, more than 32 million UK people, play the lottery on a regular basis.

EuroMillions

EuroMillions is a European lotto based in France. It runs in France, the UK, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal as well as Switzerland and it offers– generally– around 28% of the revenue to charity. The particular recipients vary in each country, yet in UK it claims to support heritage, arts, sports and environmental organisations. More details you can find here. Each nation chooses charity objectives by themselves, as each has their own preferences.

People’s Postcode Lottery

People’s Postcode Lottery also comes from the UK and is run in British pounds. It’s a membership lotto, which indicates that in order to participate, you need to participate regularly with a monthly fee. The best thing is that minimum of 32% of each subscription rate is given to charity. Charities are again, vary from Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust to Riding for the Disabled Association. Particular groups of lucky recipients are selected monthly by the lotto organisers.

Unity Lottery

While playing Unity Lottery you have a chance to choose on your own which organisation is the closest to your heart and therefore, which one you prefer to support. Moreover, it allows you to support your neighbourhood organisations since before buying a ticket, you can really determine what charity goal you would like to hold up to– there are numerous great causes on their website to choose from. If a certain organisation is not listed, you can always contact the organisers and ask them to include it – how awesome is that? The weekly cost is normally one pound. From every pound, at least fifty cents go to charity. No else lotto can beat it.

Although lottery games may at a glance seem to be just like gambling, they have a much deeper purpose. By buying lotto tickets or paying their monthly/weekly registrations, players can support local or global charity organisations and help all the great causes that are important to them. When selecting a charity lottery, nonetheless, it’s worth to pay attention to the percentage of the ticket price which actually goes to charity or if your favourite organisation is listed. Sometimes it may be smaller than you anticipate but you have to remember that apart from supporting charities they also create jobs. One must admit though that from the lotto games mentioned, Unity Lottery game gives the largest percentage of 50%.

 

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UK-based sports club software developers Coacha has introduced a new tool that should help sports, recreational and pastime clubs of all sizes adhere to new government re-opening guidelines. As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, it is important that all businesses are doing everything in their power to prevent new transmissions. Thanks to Coacha’s new Track and Trace tools, people that have come in to contact with a COVID positive member of their club can be identified and notified quickly and efficiently.

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How the Software Works

Many sports clubs up and down the country employ some sort of membership management software to help them control those with access to their venue and classes there. Coacha develops software to help with this management, so it only made sense for them to then introduce a new Track and Trace software for grassroots clubs of any type to also use.

In particular, sports clubs in the UK re-opened on 25th July after several months of closure. This is a massive step forward, but the UK government has introduced many guidelines to help keep members safe as they return to their clubs.

All members who attend the clubs need to be recorded for a minimum of 21 days. There needs to be particular attention paid towards who else they come in to contact with at the club whilst attending any classes or sessions. Should a member test positive for COVID-19, this will be recorded in the software and an alert can be sent out to any of the other members who may have come into contact with them.

This Track and Trace functionality is going to be crucial in getting clubs open again. The data needed by authorities can easily be downloaded from Coacha in just a few clicks and quickly passed on. This all helps to prove to members, parents and local authorities that their clubs are serious about creating a safe environment as we come out of the crisis.

Supporting the Smaller Clubs Too

Coacha has always had a strong ethos of helping out smaller grassroots clubs to help them meet their full potential. Their membership management software with added Track and Trace functionality costs just £25pcm, but they understand that this can be quite an ask for the smaller clubs.

Due to this, they have developed Coacha Lite, a free version of their advanced software. This software is free for life and includes the use of the Track and Trace features. If a club chooses not to pursue Coacha Premium once the free trial is over, they will automatically be switched to Coacha Lite.

These tools can securely store the details of up to 50 members, including their medical info and next of kin details. This information already exists and so there is no risk of breaking GDPR regulations. It will also allow clubs to organise classes and events – including taking attendance – in addition to helping with Track and Trace. These new features will be crucial in ensuring that grassroots clubs are able to meet important government re-opening guidelines.

Worldwide Support

Though Coacha is based in the UK, they have already launched versions of their membership management software across the world. Sports clubs across the EU, Australia, the US, and Canada are now able to take advantage of what the Coacha system is offering them. This only helps to strengthen Coacha’s commitment to grassroots cl

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It was a full house when drive-in movies came to the boardwalk at intu Braehead for the first time last night. (Wednesday, July 29)

Grease was the first film shown and it was the one that everyone seemed to want as 150 cars packed with movie fans turned up to watch the iconic film featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

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And as a thank you for their work on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic, anyone who works for the NHS was given free entry to the first screening.

Later during the second show, which was family favourite, Back to the Future a similar amount of cars were parked up in the boardwalk in front of a giant screen.

The Arena at intu Braehead has teamed up with the Catherine McEwan Foundation charity to help raise much-needed funds to help people living with Crohn’s and Colitis get better care, treatment and quality of life.

There will be two films shown on a giant screen every night and four movies this weekend, with the audio broadcast via a frequency that car radios can be tuned to.

Tickets are still on sale for the drive movie screenings that go on until Sunday, August 2 and the movies being shown are Grease, Jurassic Park, Mama Mia, Goonies, Finding Nemo, Lion King, The Lost Boys, Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing.

Refreshments are provided on site by the UK’s top street food operator, The Big Feed.

Derek McEwan, who launched the Catherine McEwan Foundation after his mother, Catherine passed away after years of suffering from Crohn’s Disease said: “It’s great to be at the iconic Braehead Boardwalk raising funds to help children and adults battling Crohn’s and Colitis.

“Our first night has been great and the fact that we could give a little back to our NHS superheroes tonight made it a bit special.”

Scott Martin, intu Braehead Leisure general manager added: “People seemed to move like greased lightning to snap up the tickets when they went on sale.

“It’s a novel way to have a good night out with the family and there are still a few tickets left for some of the drive-in movie showings during the rest of the week.”

Tickets costing £35 per car plus booking fee are on sale from www.lockdowndrivein.com.

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A night at the casino – what better way to spend an evening if you are looking for some sophisticated entertainment and a chance to show your inner James Bond, or indeed Vesper Lynd? In Paisley we have the Vegas-style Alea Casino a short drive up the road with views over the Clyde, and the indications are that it will be able to reopen in the coming weeks. 

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But do we really need to venture out at all anymore? The lockdown period has demonstrated that there are all sorts of things we can do just as easily online, whether it is mobile banking or Zoom partying. But when it comes to gaming, the best live casinos are arguably even better than the real thing.

 

What is live casino?

 

Online casino platforms have boomed in popularity over recent years. They offer all the games you can play in a real casino, and more besides. But a downside is that playing on your laptop or phone does not offer the same experience as sitting down at a blackjack table or standing around the roulette wheel.

 

Live casino goes a long way towards addressing this. When you join a live gaming table, there is a real human croupier or dealer waiting for you and he or she will deal the cards or spin the wheel in real time. You keep up with all the action as it happens on webcam, and you can even talk to the dealer via a chat box. 

 

A choice of games

 

A virtual casino can base its live games in any location and is not constrained to the dimensions of the casino gaming floor. This means you will typically find far more live tables than there are in a physical casino. Naturally, the most popular live games are the casino classics like blackjack and roulette. Most casino platforms offer different variations of these games, as well as different table limits, so you’ll find what you need whether you want to play for coins or are a high roller.

 

There are also some less common games that you might not have tried before. These include the likes of Sic Bo, a dice game that is immensely popular in Asia, or games that are based on TV shows, for example Deal or No Deal. You will also find plenty of poker variations, from three card poker for beginners to high stakes Texas Holdem for the real hustlers! 

 

Why play live casino?

 

The live casino experience has been around for a while, but has been even more popular during lockdown, and that popularity is unlikely to wane any time soon. After all, even when the real world casinos reopen, there will be strict social distancing rules in place. 

 

Play online and you don’t have to worry about facemasks or keeping your distance. There is also no need to think about who gets to be designated driver, or facing that dreaded bar bill at the end of the evening! 

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Safety the priority as Renfrewshire Leisure has to wait for “green light” on leisure service, including gyms and pools.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Thursday, 30th July) confirmed a further delay before gyms and swimming pools can reopen, with opening now identified as likely to be allowed on 14th September. That timeline is dependent on maintaining low levels of virus in the community as well as ensuring that all social distancing and hygiene protocols are followed, although the First Minister held out the prospect of particularly favourable conditions perhaps permitting an opening date at the end of August.

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Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa Marie Hughes said: “We really do value the support of our members and the wider public and know how much people in Renfrewshire have missed these services. These centres are important parts of our communities, playing important roles in helping our health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to welcoming people back and working with them to ensure their return is both safe and enjoyable.” 

 

Victoria Hollows, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We know how eagerly the community is waiting for news on a date for reopening our leisure facilities, not least of all because of the vital part they play in ensuring we can get everyone active again after a long period of closure during lockdown. 

 

“With reopening now no earlier than the end of August, and perhaps not until mid September, we will continue to use the time before then to refine our procedures – continuing to reflect that our first priority for opening will be the safety of our customers and staff.”

 

Renfrewshire Leisure will also be working with Renfrewshire Council’s education department towards the recommencement of its Active Schools programmes from the start of the new school term, as well as working with local sports clubs and teams to make earliest possible use of courts and pitches after confirmation that these can commence from specified dates in August.

 

The market in CBD oil in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland is booming. Hailed as one of the most important breakthroughs in the health and wellness supplement market in the last few years, CBD and the ever-expanding range of products made to contain the substance can now be found in supermarkets, high street chemists and health food stores around the country.

Today, you would be hard-pressed to find a major health product manufacturer in that land not looking to cash in on what many are claiming as a miracle treatment for an almost impossibly large range of common health conditions.

While consumer interest in CBD is currently in overdrive, leading manufacturers to churn out a range of products that gets more innovative by the day, the most popular CBD product remains the most basic form: CBD oil.

In this post, we will explain a little more about CBD and what it actually is. We will then take a look at some of the most common uses for CBD in Scotland and the rest of the UK. If you want to shop for CBD oil locally, this Glasgow buyer’s guide is a great start. If you’re not in a hurry and can wait a few days, shopping online makes the most sense for all your CBD products.

 

CBD: The Lowdown

The first place to start in any discussion about CBD oil is to take a look at what it is and where it comes from. CBD or cannabidiol is one of the most abundant chemical compounds in the cannabis and hemp plants known as cannabinoids.

In total, there are 113 of these cannabinoids that have been found to exist. Probably the best known of these is THC, the substance that is famous for producing the ‘high’ sensation experienced by recreational cannabis users. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects when ingested.

CBD, THC and the other cannabinoids interact with the body through something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Discovered in the early 1990s by scientists investigating the effects of cannabis on the body, the ECS is made up with a network of receptors located in the central and peripheral nervous systems which communicate with each other via neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. These scientists were shocked to find that the bodies of humans (and indeed all mammals!) naturally produce cannabinoids which are remarkably similar to those found in the cannabis plant.

 

CBD Oil: The Potential Health Benefits

There is increasing scientific evidence to indicate that taking CBD and other cannabinoids can strengthen the body’s ECS. But how might this help to boost overall health? The NHS wrote a great piece on medical cannabis.

The answer lies in the central role that the ECS is thought to play in maintaining its natural balance. Although experts are still trying to understand the complex functions of the ECS, there is a large amount of convincing evidence that it works to put out fires that emerge when the equilibrium in certain bodily functions is disturbed. Among the bodily functions that are thought to be controlled by the ECS are pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function.

Taking CBD oil regularly is known to stimulate the ECS, strengthening it over time and helping maintain control over bodily functions more effectively to boost health and prevent illness.

 

What Are People in the UK Using CBD Oil for?

People in the UK and beyond typically use CBD for a wide range of reasons. Some use it to treat the symptoms of chronic immune diseases, while others use it simply to boost overall health. Here are a few of the more common uses of CBD oil in the UK today.

  1. Anxiety

Probably the most common use of CBD oil among Brits is to treat the symptoms of anxiety-related disorders. Although more research needs to be done into how it works, there is some evidence that CBD is effective at reducing the incidence of worried and anxious thoughts. This may make it effective in reducing insomnia and panic attacks.

  1. Pain and Inflammation

CBD has proven anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This makes it effective in the treatment of a wide range of autoimmune diseases that manifest in swelling and chronic pain. Again, more research needs to be done, but the early indications of research are promising with regards to the role that CBD might play in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and Crohn’s disease.

  1. Neuroprotective

Recent research has linked deficiencies in the ECS to a number of degenerative neurological diseases. This has led sufferers of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s to add CBD to their treatment plans. Similarly, many people with a genetic predisposition to these diseases are now taking CBD as a preventive measure against early onset.

  1. Skincare

CBD is known to possess significant antioxidant properties. These properties have led to its increasing use in cosmetic and skincare products such as body and face creams, moisturisers, facemasks and many more.

 

Conclusion

Since it has very few known side-effects, is safe to take in high dosages, and is available over the counter, CBD oil is being experimented with by the sufferers of an increasing number of conditions and diseases. Although research into CBD is still in its infancy, early findings are offering hope to people who struggle with symptoms of pain and inflammation on a daily basis. Over time, it looks likely that we will see CBD usage increase, and we could soon see it being prescribed by GPs.

 

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Work to transform the future of Paisley’s much-loved town hall is due to restart – with construction workers due on site at the start of August.

The project will create 21st-century facilities inside the striking Victorian landmark while delivering improvements essential to keep the town hall at the heart of life in the town – and is taking place as part of a wider investment in Paisley’s historic venues by Renfrewshire Council.

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No work has taken place on the town hall in recent months due to the coronavirus lockdown – however with restrictions on construction sites being relaxed, workers can now safely go on site in line with national guidance.

The contract for the advance construction works on the town has been awarded to Morrison Construction and is expected to run until December.

The main construction works are expected to start next year, and while the exact impact of lockdown on the original timescale is still unclear, the project is expected to be complete before the end of 2022.

Other planned investments still being delivered in the town centre by the council include the work to transform Paisley Museum into a world-class destination showcasing the area’s unique and globally-significant story and collections, on which construction is due to start in the new year.

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And construction work is due to resume soon on the site of the new Learning and Cultural Hub on Paisley High Street, which will be the town’s new home of library services.

Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, which operates the town hall, said: “We are pleased work is able to resume on Paisley Town Hall, which is another positive sign as the area’s economy starts to re-emerge from lockdown.

“Although the council faces a very challenging financial outlook, the town hall, museum and learning and cultural hub projects are all well under way – with years of work having already taken place on each – and we intend to see those projects through.

“In the town hall’s case, the work being planned includes investment in 21st-century facilities which will help drive new footfall to the area in the years ahead, as well as essential replacement of outdated infrastructure without which the building would not have a long-term future.

“The completed buildings will be crucial to Renfrewshire’s long-term economic prospects – our vision for Paisley town centre remains one in which we promote its unique cultural and heritage offer to bring people here.

“And while coronavirus has disrupted that work we hope our continued investment in the town hall and other venues will help the area’s economic recovery from lockdown and give confidence to our local businesses.”

The investment in the town hall is aimed at bringing new activity and vibrancy to the town while ensuring the building has a long-term future. It is planned to include:

– a complete and essential replacement of the old and outdated electrical and mechanical systems;

– the preservation of the unique architectural features within this A-listed Victorian gem;

– an expanded capacity in the main hall allowing bigger and better events and driving more footfall to the town centre, boosting the local economy;

– unused spaces brought back into use and entirely new rooms and facilities created including a new café-bar with views over the river, increasing the range of events the building can host;

– a much-improved audience experience including improved staging, lighting and seating with better views, and improved access making it easier for everyone to move around the building.