Millions of pounds unspent from our budgets

A council plans to use money for social projects from developers to boost its budget – as figures show Yorkshire authorities have failed to spend millions of pounds of the ‘community’ cash.

The move by Leeds comes as research by The Yorkshire Post reveals councils are holding on to more than £20m of so-called Section 106 money given in planning applications from just the past five years.

In Rotherham more than £2m was still unspent as of March this year and in Doncaster more than £4m as of July, requests under the Freedom of Information Act show.

In Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, more than £2m is yet to be spent including a £51,200 payment towards affordable housing, £319,506 towards additional education facilities within Colburn, Hipswell and Scotton and £66,500 for road improvements.

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