Who Runs Scotland
Campaigners say Scotland’s renewable energy wealth is being “looted” by international tax avoiders, and millions in profits “siphoned overseas" into tax havens.
Hundreds of meetings between Scottish ministers and multinationals, wealthy individuals and other influential organisations were left off the lobbying register in 2020 due to loopholes in legislation.
Professional lobbyists, including former politicians, advisors and a former minister have met with Scottish Government representatives on behalf of clients 179 times since March 2018.
Questions have been raised over the power and influence of energy companies lobbying Scottish ministers and special advisors.
Big business including oil and renewable energy, farming, fishing, finance and whisky dominated Scotland Office ministers’ meetings last year, analysis by The Ferret has found.