Highland estates and multi-millionaires bank £1m of taxpayers’ money from Covid-19 grants
Highland estates and multi-millionaire landowners banked more than £1m of taxpayers’ money through Covid-19 support grants, The Ferret can reveal.
Dramatic rise in deaths of those with home care prompts inquiry calls
The number of people receiving home care who have died over the last year has increased by 71 per cent, prompting calls for scrutiny.
22 nuclear bombs delivered to Scotland despite Covid
As many as 22 nuclear warheads were transported from England to Scotland in eight road convoys during 2020 despite coronavirus restrictions.
Covid lockdown cut air pollution – but only for a while
The coronavirus lockdown cut toxic exhaust fumes in Scotland’s towns and cities by a third in 2020 – but the reduction only lasted three months.
Covid cash cover-up prompts call for transparency probe
The Scottish Government has been advising other public bodies on how to prevent the release of covid-19 spending information.
Revealed: Covid’s toll on hospital operations could ‘take four years’ to fix
The dramatic reduction to operations in Scotland across specialisms including cancer and cardiology has been revealed by new health board figures obtained and analysed by The Ferret.
Asylum in crisis: stories from inside the ‘broken system’
How a network of grassroots organisations are trying to catch people at risk of falling through the cracks in the UK asylum system.
Ministers warned on Covid freedom of information failures
The Scottish Government’s freedom of information performance has collapsed during the pandemic and undermined public accountability, warns watchdog.
Scots landlords served hundreds of eviction notices during lockdown
Hundreds of tenants in Scotland have been handed eviction notices since the beginning of lockdown, despite government advice for landlords to be flexible during the pandemic.