Dumfries and Galloway Council have gained £8m from the sale of properties since 2007 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The BBC write:

The figures are contained in the response to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.

They also showed the authority has spent almost £1.8m upgrading and maintaining properties it does not own and spends nearly £800,000-a-year on renting buildings.

The property sale figures relate to sites sold since October 2007.

Some of them, like Eskdalemuir Primary School, the ambulance depot in Newton Stewart and the Burgh Yard Garage in Moffat, have been sold for just £1 with consent from Scottish ministers.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.