The BBC report:

Suspended council staff were paid more than £2m to “twiddle their thumbs” in the eastern region in the past five years, it has emerged.

And local authorities say the total sum will be far higher because the figures did not include schools.

The amount paid out has triggered calls for suspended staff to be given other duties rather than staying at home.

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