Cllr MacLaren condemns cut to free TV licence for over-75s

“This is a despicable move by the Tory Government, using the BBC to cut the free TV licence for over 75s”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), commenting on the decision by the BBC to end the blanket free TV licences for over-75s. Continue reading

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SNP councillors condemn increase of chargeable ATMs

“There is a serious concern that those on low and fixed incomes will suffer most as more and more free to use ATMs start charging customers ”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), commenting on motion that he and Cllr Stephen Burns have submitted to the next full meeting of Renfrewshire Council on Thursday 9th May. Continue reading

Cllr MacLaren calls for action on benefit delays

“It is disgraceful that the so called benefits system is putting more people in need rather than actually helping those who need support”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), responding to news from the Trussell Trust that the number of food parcels being handed out jumped by 18% compared to last year, with almost half (49%) of referrals being linked to benefit delays caused by Universal Credit. Continue reading

Cllr MacLaren condemns calls to cut pensioner benefits

“This is a direct attack on the older generation by a bunch of unelected politicians who are happy to claim over £300 for sleeping in the House of Lords”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), commenting on a recent report from a House of Lords committee which called for certain age-related benefits to be scrapped. Continue reading