Councillors using iPads could save £10,000 for Cheltenham taxpayers
'iPAD therefore iCan' is the motto for councillors who have adopted tablet technology in a bid to save thousands on printing reports.
Five members of Cheltenham Borough Council are using their own iPads for official business in a pilot scheme which could save reams of paper and as much as £10,000.
The three-month trial, which lasts until the end of the year, will see members loading documents on to their tablets instead of receiving printed copies.
Deputy mayor of Cheltenham and ward councillor for Hester's Way, Simon Wheeler, is one of the people taking part in the trial.
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He said: "If you are going to produce a report, then you have to print 40 copies for members. If you can put it on a computer and send it out to members, then all you have to bring is your iPad to meetings. The council should have wi-fi up and running soon.
"You won't be printing reams and reams of paper that goes straight into the bin.
"In the past, members have been provided with laptops, but I gave mine back because I didn't use it. "
But some of the more elderly councillors may struggle with the new technology.
"There will be one or two members who won't be able to get their head around it. They struggle with modern technology," Mr Wheeler said. "But you can make allowances and give them paper if they really struggle."
He added: "Once you get the hang of it, you find thumbing through a report on the iPad is quite good. You can even bookmark pages."
Cabinet member for corporate services, Jon Walklett, said: "Our budget for printing council papers is currently in excess of £10,000 per annum so there is scope for savings. "The iPad will also enable a councillor to access their corporate emails when they are away from home, which will enable them to work more flexibly, especially when carrying our work across their ward."
No decision has yet been made on whether the council would provide iPads for all members.