The uncertainty surrounding the "unwarranted secrecy" of the multi-million-pound City Region Deal negotiations has deepened as north-east councillors prepare to discuss the plan.
UK Government officials have been ordered to draw up new plans to cut energy bills for hard-pressed families in the north and north-east.
Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of presiding over an "absolute farce" last night after appointing a 15th oil and gas minister in 17 years.
The UK Government has urged Aberdeen supporters to vote against independence – saying it would cost them the price of three season tickets at Pittodrie.
The SNP has called on MPs to investigate claims that the Treasury misled Scots on the costs of independence.
Every Scot benefits to the tune of £1,400 a year while the country remains within the UK, according to Treasury figures.
The UK Government was accused of "cooking the books" last night after an academic said his work had been "badly misrepresented" in a report on independence.
The Treasury has claimed that Scotland is already spending its entire share of North Sea oil revenues - and would need enough immigrants to fill Edinburgh to plug a workforce gap after independence.
George Osborne's latest tax raid on the North Sea will add 10% to drilling costs, according to government papers seen by the Press and Journal.