Electronic bid to save £10,000 bill

COUNCILLORS could get their agendas and documents in an electronic format if a proposal to issue them with tablet devices gets official approval.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet are set to discuss proposed changes in the provision of information technology equipment for elected members on Tuesday.

Currently, agendas for council meetings are produced in paper format and posted to councillors. Ian Anderson, the council’s head of legal and support services, feels that the introduction of these devices will give all councillors electronic access to this documentation – saving the council almost £10,000 per year.

He said: “The council is always looking at providing efficient methods of communications with its elected members and the introduction of tablet devices is the next phase of development in doing this.

“The provision of this equipment will radically cut down on the production of paper agendas, which includes printing and postage costs and will provide a more efficient way for councillors to work.”

He has prepared a report which outlines a proposal to kit out all borough councillors with tablet devices such as iPads to help them in their roles.

In recent years laptop computers have been made available to councillors to provide access to electronic forms of communication but tablets have many advantages over laptops as they are lightweight, more user friendly, and give the ability to make notes during council meetings.

The meeting begins at 10am.