UP to £161million is being invested in Barnsley over the next three years in a move to grow the economy.

It includes spending more than £92million on improving council houses.

Since 2011, the council has invested in a number of capital projects, including purchasing land, constructing and improving buildings and roads and buying vehicles and machinery.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesman for corporate services, said: "This is great news. Investing in the future by growing Barnsley's economy is a real priority for the council.

"The UK economy is seeing an upturn, and we want to be in a position to take advantage of this and embrace it."

Funding for the investment comes from things such as government grants, sale of assets such as property, and contributions from the council's revenue budgets.