Public service

Councilor Derek Bibby says public service is ‘a privilege’

A LABOR stalwart who has spent the last decade as a Renfrewshire councilor has thanked his constituents as he prepares to retire.

Derek Bibby was elected to represent Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Howwood in 2012 and says it has been an “honour” to help residents and give them a voice in Renfrewshire Council Chambers.

Prior to becoming an elected member, he worked as a social work officer for over 30 years.

Today, aged 71, he confirmed he will leave the council ahead of local elections in May.

“It has been a privilege to have represented Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch over the past decade and I have always recognized the profound responsibility and honor of doing so,” said the father-of-two, who lived in Kilbarchan with his wife Susan for almost 40 years.

“I am extremely grateful to the members of the Labor Party and the people of Renfrewshire who have trusted me to represent them and I hope I have repaid that trust.

“I believe now is the time to step back and encourage others to step forward.

“Politics and my career in social work was about helping people on a daily basis. Whether it’s a housing, education or environmental issue, I’ve always done my best to help people solve their problems and support those who need a voice on their side. within the council.

As he prepares to leave Renfrewshire House, Councilor Bibby said he hopes to see a major change in local government funding to help people through a looming cost of living crisis.

He added: “I’m proud to have been part of the Labor Administration that pioneered the abolition of the room tax and came up with a poverty alleviation strategy that gave more £3 million to our most deprived communities.

“People in Renfrewshire face many uncertainties as they battle the cost of living crisis. Councils have a key role to play in keeping people safe. The fact that year on year the municipal budgets have been cut makes a difficult task even more difficult.