The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency paid private PR and social media firms £170,000 following a cyber attack in 2020, despite having its own communications department.
VisitScotland has made a report to Police Scotland after identifying possible instances of fraud relating to COVID grants.
Information on thousands of environmental checks and pollution breaches over 15 months has been permanently lost because of a cyber attack.
Five months after a cyber attack, the Scottish Government’s environment watchdog is still struggling to process pollution permits and planning applications.
The Scottish Government should ban private firms from auditing local authorities’ accounts as their involvement is an obstacle to transparency and democracy, claims a new report.
Property sold off by public bodies across Scotland is worth half a billion and includes leisure centres, hospitals, healthcare clinics, and swimming pools.
Ferret Fact Service looks at claims from Nicola Sturgeon and Matt Hancock about PPE supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Private finance schemes by successive governments have left Scottish taxpayers footing a £40 billion bill to build schools, hospitals, roads and other projects worth £9 billion, according to Scotland’s spending watchdog.
The allegations of fraud are said to be linked to contracts given to private firms for roads maintenance.