Private finance initiative
Sewage spilled directly into Scotland’s rivers, lochs and seas at least 12,000 times in one year.
PFI firms are charging the Scottish Government more than half a million pounds a month for free car parking at three Scottish hospitals.
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.
Private finance schemes by successive governments have left Scottish taxpayers footing a £40 billion bill to build schools, hospitals, roads and other projects worth £9 billion, according to Scotland’s spending watchdog.
Ferret Fact Service looks at claims surrounding the ownership of Scottish water.
Private finance schemes are secretive, give too much power to companies outwith Scotland and may not deliver value for money.
Ferret Fact Service looks at Alex Salmond's claim that the SNP-led government ended hospital parking charges in 2008.
The Scottish Government is coming under pressure to find a new way to finance infrastructure investment as concerns rise over the cost of private finance schemes.
Private finance schemes are to be investigated by public spending watchdogs after they punched a £932m hole in the Scottish Government’s budget.