Common Good Fund
The value of common good funds created to benefit local communities has plummeted by nearly £8m in four years.
Two Scottish local authorities who spent over £42,000 of funds meant for the “common good” on boozy receptions have been accused of delivering a "kick in the teeth for hard working families".
Critics say Common Good Funds should be used exclusively for community benefit as we reveal councils used cash to fund foreign flights.
An investigation by The Ferret found that many common good funds are worth significantly less now than they were ten years ago.
Dundee City Council has been criticised for using £5,500 of its Common Good Fund to pay for a portrait of the city’s Lord Provost.