WEALDEN District Council has paid £245k to staff in the past year who are working from home towards their heating and lights.

This crazy figure has been unearthed in a Freedom of Information request from The Mail on Sunday.

This is the Council: “We have chosen to devote a small portion of our pay and benefits package to supporting staff with hybrid working.

“Where employees spend some of their time working from home, they receive a contribution to their costs.”