Two Scottish local authorities who spent over £42,000 of funds meant for the “common good” on boozy receptions have been accused of delivering a "kick in the teeth for hard working families".
Critics say Common Good Funds should be used exclusively for community benefit as we reveal councils used cash to fund foreign flights.
US developer under fire after complaining that his plan for a golf course on a wildlife site in Scotland had been delayed by “extremely restrictive” environmental rules.
An investigation by The Ferret found that many common good funds are worth significantly less now than they were ten years ago.
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.
Plans to build a golf course on one of Scotland’s most precious coastal wildlife sites would be blocked in England, say environmental groups.
A senior planning official has admitted circumventing freedom of information law, by receiving vital environmental data from fish farmers “face to face”.
There is growing alarm that a rapid increase in Airbnb rented properties is harming residential communities across Scotland.