The property deal behind the construction of the new UK Government Edinburgh office hub generated a £6.5m dividend payout to a tax haven firm.
Tax haven firms are buying up large swathes of the capital, with many of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings now owned offshore, The Ferret can reveal.
Registers of Scotland data shows 3,237 Scottish properties were owned by companies based outside of the UK in 2019.
Rule changes during the Covid-19 pandemic favour property developers and risk shutting the public out from the planning system, say Scottish civic groups.
Experts say that data harvested from people’s mobile phones show that city centre activity across Scotland has declined by around a third since strict rules on movement were introduced to manage the Covid-19 outbreak.
Private finance firms profiting from Scottish hospitals have drawn criticism for seeking positive publicity for their response to the coronavirus epidemic in Europe whilst refusing to drop their charges in Scotland.
Airbnb hosts across Scotland are facing police and council action for welcoming guests despite a government ban aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.
A black metal music festival whose line-up includes bands accused of promoting neo-Nazism is now due to take place near Edinburgh after a Glasgow venue cancelled its booking.
Rural areas in the west of Scotland have been badly hit by post office closures in the last ten years, according to Post Office data obtained by The Ferret.