East Lothian Council
East Lothian Council accused of creating ‘two-tier access’ to environmental data
Critics say the policy of charging for environmental information in East Lothian means residents are unable to access vital data on their local environment.
More than 10,000 data breaches by Scottish local authorities
Scottish local authorities have recorded more than 10,000 data breaches over the last five years, The Ferret can reveal.
Weed killer linked to cancer still used by every Scots council
Nearly every Scottish council is still using a weed killer linked to cancer and biodiversity loss, with new figures obtained by The Ferret showing that around 40,000 litres of the herbicide are being used across the country each year.
Most Scots councils use paint which may contribute to global warming
Scottish councils still overwhelmingly use paint for road markings that damages the environment, The Ferret can reveal.
Councils offering “lucrative loopholes’ to developers, says housing charity
A major developer which bought land from a golf club will not have to build affordable housing due to a "loophole".
School milk fee rise blamed on Brexit as subsidy ends
Scottish parents face rising school milk costs after the Scottish Government has said that it will not make up an EU subsidy shortfall.
Parents forced to pay nursery bills up to £3000 because councils refuse funding
Parents in parts of Scotland face bills of up to £3,000 because councils are refusing nursery funding for children who postpone starting primary school.
20 public bodies pressing for restrictions on public right to know
Twenty public sector bodies have urged MSPs to weaken freedom of information law by increasing charges, widening exemptions and relaxing deadlines.
Every prisoner should have the right to vote, say human rights groups
Every prisoner in Scotland should be given the right to vote in elections, according to an independent penal reform organisation.