The number of childminders across Scotland has declined by over a third, analysis by The Ferret has found, leaving thousands of families struggling to find flexible childcare.
'Eye-watering' interest payments on borrowing from the UK treasury are further squeezing council budgets, campaigners have argued.
Thousands of disabled Scots who applied for a funding grant to adapt their home are stuck in unsuitable housing.
None of the money from a £20 million fund to improve accommodation for Gypsies, Roma and Traveller people has been spent since it was announced last year by the Scottish Government.
The Home Office has been condemned for creating “a parallel world” of unsuitable asylum accommodation in hotels across Scotland where, critics claimed, asylum seekers have been left without adequate support or the oversight of Scottish authorities.
Scottish local authorities are continuing to use “traumatising and humiliating” restraint methods on children as young as five in residential care, almost two years after signing up to keep The Promise - an agreement published following the Care Review - to abolish it.
Parents are calling for an end to the postcode lottery on funding for primary school deferral as figures show dozens were refused by councils last year.
Those raising concerns about the assessment of what have been branded "exams in disguise" include the principal of George Watson’s College one of the country’s most prestigious private schools.
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.