Published: 20th Mar 2019

The government has defended a £9.5m fund to help clean up Britain’s high streets, after it was claimed local authorities only have less than two weeks to spend the money. The ministry of housing, communities and local government (MHCLG) announced on 16 March it was giving councils across England a total of £9.75m to organise events and support community groups taking part in the Great British Spring Clean Campaign, which starts on March 22. The grants range from just over £2,000 for the Isles of Scilly Council to £194,000 for Birmingham City Council, with an average for each local authority of £29,000. The chief executive of Tunbridge Wells Council, William Benson said on Twitter his local authority has received a letter from MHCLG which states it should ‘spend some of it on initiatives on Friday, 10% accounting for it and evaluating it, and all of it by the end of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)