Public sector staff in Yorkshire who have been suspended from their jobs have been paid £7.5m while off work, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Yorkshire Evening Post report:

Sexual assault, maltreatment of patients and drug and alcohol abuse are among a catalogue of allegations faced by public sector workers suspended on full pay in Yorkshire.

More than £7.5m of taxpayers’ cash has been paid to council, police and health service employees accused of misconduct over the last three years, it has emerged.

Some have been paid sums of up to £100,000 while investigations have dragged on for as long as three years, figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request show.

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