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.
Twenty public sector bodies have urged MSPs to weaken freedom of information law by increasing charges, widening exemptions and relaxing deadlines.
Every prisoner in Scotland should be given the right to vote in elections, according to an independent penal reform organisation.
People issued with a fine for dropping litter in eight Scottish council areas faced no chance of being referred to the courts if they simply refused to pay, The Ferret can reveal.
Homeless people are often charged by local authorities for storing their personal belongings after they lose their accommodation.
Councils across Scotland are failing to implement surveillance laws properly, according to inspection reports obtained by The Ferret.