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Last week we launched our Who Runs Scotland crowdfunder, and in the first seven days we've raised more than £3,000!

Thanks so much to everyone who's backed the project or shared it with their friends and family.

We're making great progress towards our target of £10,000, which will allow us to investigate where power lies in Scotland during this election year.

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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
Scotland is in the grip of a rental crisis. As our investigation highlights concerning levels of evictions, we hear from one housing association about its early intervention programme, while experts till us that change is possible…if there’s the political will.

When we arrive at Megan’s small two-bed house in Cumbernauld she’s already peering out of the window and she waves. Until recently she wouldn’t have done that. She owed about £1,800 in rent arrears and, living in fear she would be evicted, kept the curtains shut tight.

“You end up scared to even open the door,” she says. “I didn’t want anyone to know I was in the house. It sounds crazy but you feel unsafe with that hanging over you. You wake up in the morning and just worry about money constantly. And meanwhile the debt rises and the anxiety spirals.”

What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Revealed: over 1300 eviction orders granted despite ‘ban’
More than 1300 evictions were granted during Scotland’s eviction ‘ban’ while many tenants had to rack up thousands in debts before being offered social housing.
Scotland’s richest landowner backing ‘madcap’ mini-nuke plan
Scotland’s richest man, Anders Holch Povlsen, has come under fierce fire for backing a “bonkers” plan to build thousands of floating nuclear reactors in Asia.
‘Invasive’ sitka spruce threaten Scottish species and habitats, say experts
A North American tree that kills native species and threatens protected habitats vital to fight climate change now makes up nearly half of Scotland’s forests.
Explainer: Scotland’s private rental sector
The Scottish Government’s regulation of the private rental sector has faced criticism in recent years from both tenants and landlords.
Firm with ‘conflict of interests’ advising Scottish Government on taxpayer handouts
A company with a ‘clear’ financial ‘conflict of interests’ was paid to advise the Scottish Government on public subsidies for tree planting and peatland restoration.
Question of the Week
Was the Scottish Government right to declare a national housing emergency?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Half of Gaza water sites damaged or destroyed, BBC satellite data reveals
Hundreds of Gaza's water and sanitation plants have been damaged or destroyed since Israel escalated military action, satellite analysis has found. (BBC Verify)
Magician David Copperfield accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women
A total of 16 women have accused Copperfield of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior spanning decades. (Guardian)
Dirty, dangerous, and failing: Prison crisis revealed in England and Wales
Analysis of prisoner survey data and reports by the inspectorate reveals widespread and systemic failings in safety, hygiene, healthcare, and violence. (openDemocracy)
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