Scottish local authorities have recorded more than 10,000 data breaches over the last five years, The Ferret can reveal.
The value of common good funds created to benefit local communities has plummeted by nearly £8m in four years.
A horticultural firm claiming to lead the way in moving towards alternatives to peat-based compost, lobbied the UK Government to be allowed to sell the product to gardeners beyond 2030, an investigation by The Ferret has found.
The Ministry of Defence has failed to complete a review of the public hazards of nuclear bomb convoys despite being told by its watchdog in 2011 it was urgent.
The allegations of fraud are said to be linked to contracts given to private firms for roads maintenance.
Campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to reject a proposal for a film studio and power plant near Edinburgh.