Cardiff Council defers decision on iPads for councillors

March 28, 2013 3 Comments »

Cardiff Council iPads

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.”

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  1. c.blazer March 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    if they want em let em buy them! find not many want them then!. its not thier money so they spend it/waste it like water. remind me how thier cutting back services again/how russel goodway lives in barry and is a cardiff councellor?

  2. Matt Smith March 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I don't understand the hype about needing iPads. Tablets and smartphones I do agree with, but why not use Android based tablets that cost less and work just as well? Also, surely the most technologically aware (and public cost aware) councillors would want to use their own devices, providing the necessary security of any sensitive documents could be guaranteed?

  3. Ben Morgan April 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I think it is a good idea that they have I pads it will save them using paper and wasting paper.

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