Only one third of members on Northamptonshire County Council managed to spend all of a fund aimed at helping projects in their wards since being elected - with £113,00 of possible help for local schemes going by the wayside.
Earlier this week the Chronicle & Echo revealed a handful of councillors had barely touched a their yearly empowerment fund for the 2015/16 cycle.
One councillor had only spent £100 of his fund, on theatre workshops.
But further study of the empowerment fund stretching back to the 2013 elections, shows a total of £113,082 was not used.
Those funds could have been spent on supporting local youth clubs, coffee mornings, play equipment and a lot more.
Out of a possible £21,000, Councillor Graham Lawman failed to spend £16,500 in his Croyland and Swanspool ward, in Higham Ferrers.
Councillor Stephen Legg, failed to spend £12,650, though he previously told the Chron he had agreed to hand funds to the highways department for improvements to Hillcrest Avenue in Spinney Hill.
Up until 2014/15 Councillors could roll over funds until the next year to invest in longer-term projects. The Chron’s figures take into account the rolled over funds.
Out of all 57 councillors, only 20 managed to spend all £21,000 in their communities.
The top 10 Councillors with the largest amounts of unspent empowerment fund since being elected in 2013, were as follows:
1) Graham Lawman, Croyland and Swanspool, Conservative: £16,500
2) Stephen Legg, Riverside, Conservative: £12,650
3) Andrew Mercer, Rushden South, Conservative: £6,900
4) Stan Heggs, Corby Rural, Conservative: £6,318
5) Judy Shepherd, Moulton, Conservative: £5,621
6) Michael Tye, Rushden Pemberton West; Conservative: £5,350
7) Ian Morris, Silverstone, Conservative: £5,000
8) Sylvia Hughes, Irthlingborough, Conservative: £4,920
9) Jim Hakewill, Rothwell and Mawsley, Conservative: £4,075
10) Adam Collyer, Daventry West, UKIP: £3,850
Councillor Lawman, a former mayor of Wellingborough, did have schemes in place to give his money to in both the 2014/15 year and 2015/16 year, but claims some of the schemes could not be signed off in time for the end of the financial year.
For the 2015/16 year, the deadline to have the money spent was moved forward, which he says put paid to highways projects he intended to fund in his ward.
He said: “I had the schemes selected and papers drawn up, but they proved to be more difficult than one might think to do in the time.”