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'Councillors will not be given free iPads' says leader
7:00pm Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
IPADS will not be given to councillors for free, leader of Colchester Council Anne Turrell has claimed.
When questioned at a meeting of full council on Wednesday, Mrs Turrell also said councillors should embrace new technology.
“Most councils have been looking at new technology,” she said.
“Here in Colchester, there was some iPads purchased to test them out to see if the were better than using computers.
“They will not be given out for free.
“If they are given out, it will be to save money.”
She added: “They are being tested and some councillors will want to use iPads.
“I use an iPad myself, and I find it very useful but it is bought with my own money.”
Councillors are already entitled to computers and phone lines for internet access, as well as printers and printing cartridges.
Critics of the scheme say if members want to use a tablet, payment should come out of their £6,316.97-a-year allowance.
A task and finish group has been set up to find out if buying 60 £400 tablet-style computers, at a cost of £24,000, could be cheaper than printing thousands of council agendas or other documents every year.