The Telegraph report:

Duncan MacNeil, a senior Labour MSP, obtained statistics under the Freedom of Information Act showing 547,996 letters have been issued to offenders since 2009 for non-payments of fines.

The total has almost doubled over this period, from 84,363 in the 2009-10 financial year to more than 163,000 the following year, with Nationalist policies encouraging financial penalties instead of prosecution.

The figures, provided by the Scottish Court Service, came after SNP ministers published last month showing that reconviction rates are at their lowest for 14 years.

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