York Press report:

YORK council bosses have paid nearly £210,000 in three years to staff suspended for gross misconduct allegations, including violence, drink-driving, turning up for work drunk, and inappropriate sexual conduct.

City of York Council paid £170,000 to suspended staff and an additional £40,000 in enhanced pay-offs for some employees dismissed for gross misconduct, The Press can reveal.

Since 2010, 29 council staff have been suspended for gross misconduct, with most investigations lasting several months, which goes against national guidance. Time off totalled 3,000 working days.

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