Claims that children are being put at risk in unregulated accommodation have prompted Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi to say he is considering how the sector can be improved.
Freedom of information
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the Scottish Government to update freedom of information (FOI) legislation.
Police Scotland has said it takes “every report about sexual offending seriously” after it emerged nearly 90 officers have been investigated following allegations against them in the last three years.
Scottish Natural Heritage under fire for splashing out £1 million on specialist consultants in one year
Inverness-based environmental agency Scottish Natural Heritage has been blasted for splashing out more than £1million on specialist consultants in a single year – despite having a staff of more than 700.
Firefighters regularly travelled from Aberdeenshire and Moray to cover shifts in Aberdeen last year with some occasionally brought in from Inverness and Dundee.
The number of special constables in the Highlands has dropped by 35% in five years, according to new figures released by Police Scotland.
Nearly 2,400 bicycles have been stolen from the north-east in the last four years - an average of more than 11 a week.
Students have been caught cheating at north-east universities nearly 900 times in the past five years.
Police have been forced to pay thousands of pounds in compensation for damaging private property.
Inmates in a north-east superjail have been reading about how to bake the perfect Christmas cake and the horrific history of Nazi Germany, the Press and Journal can reveal.
More than 600 staff have been assaulted in classrooms and playgrounds in the north-east in the last year.
Scotland's chief constable has lost a significant legal challenge against a freedom of information ruling, which it was claimed would have "a chilling effect" on the recruitment of police informants in the fight against organised crime.
Scottish Government urged to act as research reveals barely a third of FOI requests result in “full disclosure”
Barely a third of FoI requests to Scottish Government ministers resulted in "full disclosure" during the last year.
Five pupils in Shetland were excluded in six months after being caught with knives at school, new figures have revealed.
Figures gained through the Freedom of Information Act have shown 198 "notable incidents" were reported by police control room and service centre staff between April 25, 2016 and February 1 this year.
NHS Grampian logged the largest number of cyber attacks against Scotland's health boards in the past three years.
Police Scotland has admitted using laws passed to track criminals and terrorists to snoop on journalists and their sources.
A wave of car crime has been sweeping Aberdeen - with an average of 10 disappearing every week this summer.
The UK Government and the police have been accused of breaching information laws and "hiding" the true cost of the Cabinet's visit to Aberdeen.