A decision on whether Cardiff councillors should be given top-of-the-range iPads was deferred tonight for further consideration.
Cardiff Council’s democratic services committee had recommended that councillors swap their tax-payer funded computers and smartphones for a 16GB iPad, a Nokia 100 mobile phone, bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and a Samsung printer.
The committee believes that by reducing the costs of printing and postage, the move could save the council £108,799 over the next five years. Councillors will also have their home broadband removed.
But presenting the proposal to full council this afternoon, chairwoman of the democratic services committee Councillor Jayne Cowan requested that it be referred back to the committee again, saying several councillors had contacted her with concerns about the scheme in the last few days.
Coun Cowan said provision could be made for members who do not have their own broadband, or those unable to use iPads, but that the committee’s task and finish group would look again at the issues raised.
She said: “I’m hoping that this will be a short process as I am mindful of the rising cost of papers.”