£30k iPads could save council £70k on reports over two years
A COUNCIL could spend more than £30,000 on iPads for councillors to help save paper.
The money would be spent on giving 48 councillors and 12 officers the computer tablets with mobile internet access.
Bassetlaw District Council will try out the scheme for five months – initially with six councillors and four members of staff using them.
A report will then go before a cabinet meeting in February, and if it is deemed a success the scheme will be recommended for full approval.
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The authority hopes to save around £47,240 a year, of which £12,000 will come from savings in paper and ink, £5,000 on postage and £12,580 on staffing of the council's print unit.
Councillor Ian Campbell, vice-chairman of the IT and access sub-committee, which agreed the plans, said: "The council prints and posts over 230,000 pages of committee papers to its 48 members each year. As well as being costly it's also a waste of paper.
"By trialling iPads we are looking to save not only costs and trees but to change mindsets and promote a smarter way of working.
"Our meetings will be paperless with all agendas, minutes and presentations viewed electronically."
Mr Campbell added the council has to be "creative" in keeping costs down and improving value for the taxpayer.
He said: "By getting rid of printing, postage and other associated costs there will be a net saving of around £70,000 over two years."
The motion to introduce a pilot scheme got support from the ruling Labour party, as well as Conservative and Independent councillors.
Keith Circuit, secretary of the Bassetlaw Local Government branch of Unison, said: "None of our members' jobs are at risk and if it remains that way I expect our branch will be supporting this proposal."
Mike Quigley, leader of the Conservative group on the council, added: "I think we need to be able to justify the equipment we purchase."