Wrexham Council to decide on £32k iPad spend

Wrexham Council is set to decide on whether to go ahead with a plan to spend up to £32,000 to procure replacement iPads for councillors in 2017.

The council’s IT team has recommended that the current devices, which are now four years old and have been experiencing some technical issues, should be replaced after May’s local election.

However, some councillors have questioned buying up to 55 iPads.

Councillor William Baldwin of Wrexham Council has suggested that councillors should be allowed to buy their own iPads given council cutbacks elsewhere.

Nonetheless, local authority officials have countered that since councillors were working on behalf of the council, the authority should be responsible for picking up the bill.

Of the 52 councillors working at the authority, only four do not regularly use the devices.

The committee has also agreed to recommend to the full council that iPads are the preferred device and that the latest models should be purchased.