Councillors click at work and home

PUBLISHED: 12:21 23 March 2007 | UPDATED: 22:39 28 May 2010

A THIRD of Fenland s 40 district councillors have been provided with laptop computers at a cost of about £300-£400 each. Others have alternative computers provided, says the council, but there are some councillors who simply do not wish to have computers

A THIRD of Fenland's 40 district councillors have been provided with laptop computers at a cost of about £300-£400 each.

Others have alternative computers provided, says the council, but there are some councillors who simply "do not wish to have computers".

A council spokesman said these councillors still receive communications such as agendas/minutes in paper form, either collected from the council offices or sent by post.

The council also disclosed, in response to a Freedom of Information Request, that 17 per cent of its 700 staff also now have laptop computers.

A spokesman said Fenland's total of 135 laptops "are normally used at work, but can be used to access the council's computer network from home when required".

He added: "The council's expenditure on laptops is included within its IT budget. Laptops are issued where officers or councillors are mobile, whether 'in the field' or when they wish to work both in the office and at home.

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