Are Councils Working?
Sam and Ali are back with a special podcast about our latest 'Are Councils Working?' series in conjunction with The Herald.
Decentralisation of power from Holyrood, full devolution of local taxes and directly elected mayors are among the proposals made by campaigners and politicians pushing for reforms to local government in Scotland.
Scottish councils have awarded contracts worth more than £1bn to private companies since 2015, The Ferret can reveal.
Councillors are working without basic legal protections such as the right to paid maternity and family leave – even though the Scottish Government promised to resolve the issue years ago.
Women who served as councillors across Scotland have faced threats of violence racist abuse, and sexual harassment during their time in office, as new figures reveal that one in three female councillors stepped down at the 2022 election.
Glasgow City Council has spent almost £10m on agency workers to empty bins and deal with recycling in the last five years, we can reveal.
Future 'bleak', as council data reveals neighbourhood cutbacks.
'Eye-watering' interest payments on borrowing from the UK treasury are further squeezing council budgets, campaigners have argued.