Hi-tech role for Worthing and Adur councillors

Members of Worthing and Adur councils are in line to each have their own iPad – at a total cost of nearly £37,000.

Thursday’s meeting (October 25) of the councils’ joint strategic committee is being recommended to supply the iPads to all 37 members of Worthing Borough Council (costing £20,720) and the 29 members of Adur District Council (£16,240).

These figures are based on purchasing the current iPad2.

A report to the committee says it is hoped that “the roll out of the technology” will help reduce the councils’ reliance on paper and reduce postage costs, leading to a more sustainable service.

It is intended that council members will receive the new equipment in February, at the same time as staff.

The report, by Sarah Gobey, the councils’ executive head of financial services, says that the members wanted to make the use of accommodation also as efficient.

“In future, all the meeting rooms will be equipped with a wireless network and members will be able to meet and work from these rooms if desired,” says the report.

The report says that a laptop with case would cost £450, while an iPad2 with case would cost £290.

The councils’ “New Ways of Working” project has an overall budget of £218,500 for replacement IT equipment.