The Scottish Government has been accused of “stripping powers away” from councils after overturning four in ten planning…
Local authorities own over 1,100 vacant properties in Scotland’s cities while real estate investors, tax haven firms and others are responsible for more than 500 high street vacancies.
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.
Local authorities have been accused of issuing “escalating threats” to people behind on their council tax, after The Ferret found they have contracts worth up to £20m with debt collectors.
Ferret Fact Service looks at what powers councils have, ahead of the upcoming local elections.
Thousands of disabled Scots who applied for a funding grant to adapt their home are stuck in unsuitable housing.
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.
Plans by Scottish local authorities to cut carbon pollution are “deeply insufficient” and will cause Scotland to keep missing climate targets.
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.