The county council has defended paying out more than £750,000 of taxpayers’ cash in wages to staff suspended from work.
The authority has paid 39 employees a total of £764,343 since April 2009.
The figures, collated by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, also revealed the county council spent more than the authorities in Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Herefordshire and South Derbyshire combined.
Its study shows that since April 2009, 7,640 working days have been lost through suspension. An average investigation takes 196 days to complete – the longest for all 78 Midlands councils.