Scotland faces a health and social care funding shortfall of almost £2 billion over the next few years unless services are reformed, the public spending watchdog has warned.
Around £140million in Scottish Government loans and guarantees to private companies including the Lochaber Smelter have dramatically reduced in value, it has emerged.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has said it is “back on track” after having to delay paying its bills during a two month spell because of “exceptional pressure” on its cash flow.
Fresh doubt surrounds the future of a top Highland visitor attraction after Scotland’s public spending watchdog warned “tough decisions” on repairs to Cairngorm’s crisis-hit funicular are likely to be needed soon.
An ageing workforce and recruitment problems has left the Scottish Government with a “significant challenge” to meet its target of finding 800 new GPs, the public spending watchdog has claimed.
Warnings Moray Council must reduce ‘unsustainable’ property portfolio as it faces £151million repairs bill
Moray Council has been urged to reduce or revamp its vast property portfolio after it emerged it is facing an unaffordable £151million bill just to get its buildings back to a "satisfactory" standard.
Auditors have warned Aberdeenshire Council it is at "risk of fraud" after £331 million of invoices were found which did not match purchasing paperwork at the authority.
Scottish Government auditors are investigating the ability of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to run the Cairngorm ski area and questioning the organisation’s valuation of the resort’s failed funicular railway.
North and north-east councils suffered a dramatic fall in Scottish Government cash to fund services over the last five years, Scotland’s public spending watchdog has said.
The precarious state of Aberdeen City Council's barren finances has been laid bare in a new report which identifies the authority as having the largest increase in net debt in the country over the past year.
A powerful watchdog has voiced “serious reservations” over embattled NHS Highland’s financial woes.
Auditors have warned the next six months are “critical” for Moray Council in its struggle to stave off bankruptcy.
Moray Council group leaders will hold a summit today to discuss what can be done to overcome the region’s massive financial difficulties.
Audit Scotland urges Moray councillors to drop political differences in efforts to solve massive budget challenge
Audit Scotland has urged Moray councillors to cast aside their political differences in an attempt to overcome the region’s massive budget challenges.
A counter-fraud operation has identified nearly £19 million of potential savings to Scotland’s public sector – with almost £225,000 of benefits cheating in Aberdeen was found in one year.
Council accused of ‘pouring cash down the drain’ with £48k interest costs on scrapped Elgin road scheme
Moray Council has been accused of “pouring cash down the drain” after it emerged it will be charged nearly £50,000 in interest for money it held for 15 years.
Budget-cutting NHS Highland bosses accused of ‘mismanagement’ after £200,000 contract payments were not legally agreed
Health chiefs in the Highlands have been ordered to carry out a major review after investigators found they were paying a £200,000 contract that was not legally agreed.
A powerful watchdog has warned that the future of lifeline ferry services to the islands could be in doubt due to soaring costs.
Aberdeenshire Council has been warned by a financial watchdog that its reserves of cash for use in emergencies are drying up.
That the NHS faces a struggle to cope with the demands of a rapidly-ageing population should come as no surprise to anyone.
Politicians from across the north and north-east have launched an attack on the Scottish Government over failings with its farm payments IT system.
The chief of Scotland's farming union has likened the government's troubled farm payments IT system to a faulty tractor he would have brought back for a refund.
Scottish Government's beleaguered farm payments IT system is unlikely to be fully functional until next year at the earliest, according to an Audit Scotland report published today .
An audit body has said it will decide on an investigation into the controversial allocation of £200,000 of public money for wall repairs on land owned by the family of a former leading councillor, after a council investigation is concluded.
Moray College has vowed to form "robust plans" to stave off a financial crisis following a damning watchdog report.
Finance experts have warned councils could need to make millions of pounds of further cuts if they are to balance the books in the coming years.
The "trappings of high office" have left the health secretary oblivious to the difficulties facing north health boards, it has been claimed.
More than a third of Scotland's roads needs to be repaired or resurfaced according to an official report.
A financial watchdog has discovered that millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is missing from Police Scotland's books amid fears the force is facing financial meltdown.
Inspectors claim Argyll and Bute Council is "significantly different" to when it was heavily criticised in a government report last year.
NHS Highland is still millions of pounds in the red following a financial debacle that saw the board forced to go cap in hand to the Scottish Government.
Campaigners battling to stop Aberdeen’s controversial Marischal Square scheme held talks with officials from the public spending watchdog yesterday.