East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald met with representatives of charity retailers at a parliamentary drop-in last week.

Charity shops have soared in popularity in recent years as shoppers look to get the best value for their money and move towards sustainable fashion choices.

The SNP politician therefore "welcomed" the chance to learn more about the work of these stores in supporting local communities via fundraising and volunteer opportunities.

She told the Barrhead News: “The environmental benefits of giving items a second life are hugely important.

“It’s the people who make charity shops so popular, from the staff and volunteers who make the shops so welcoming, to the donors and customers who support the charities.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and efforts.”