Just 7% of the £10m Government fund to regenerate high streets has been spent, with many councils having spent nothing, new figures show. In total 100 councils were given access to the funding, but Freedom of Information requests reported by the BBC show that just £519,363 has been spent. Of the 72 councils that responded, 47 said they hadn’t spent anything. The money was provided by the High Street Innovation Fund, set up following the review of high streets by Mary Portas. The BBC reports that among the schemes paid for by the fund are Wyre Forest District Council spending £12,000 bringing 10 empty shops back into use. According to Paul Turner-Mitchell, who made the Freedom of Information request, one council spent £10,900 on Christmas lights, while another spent £10,038 on a train station ramp, and Swale Borough Council in Kent spent £164.60 on a snow machine.