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.
The Scottish Government has been advising other public bodies on how to prevent the release of covid-19 spending information.
Over 170,000 litres of a weedkiller officially classified as a probable cause of cancer have been widely used by local authorities across Scotland in the last five years.
Senior local authority officials are lobbying to relax freedom of information law so that they can increase charges, delay responses and reject more requests as “vexatious”.
Scottish local authorities are investing £1.7 billion in 52 fossil fuel companies blamed for causing climate chaos.