FOI Request - Computers for Councillors

Request 101000288310

1.  Have councillors been supplied with tablet computers for carrying out their duties?

2.  If they have been supplied with tablet computers, please provide a breakdown of the costs of supplying these items, with the date of purchase (at least month and year), including:

Make and model of tablets bought, and whether they are a replacement for a tablet previously used by a councillor
Costs of any accessories (e.g. keyboards, covers) and software (such as paid for apps)
Cost of insurance for tablets or accessories
Cost, number and details of repairs

3.  Have councillors been given any training on how to use tablets most effectively. If yes, what form did it take and what, if anything, did it cost

4.  How much did the council spend on supplying councillors with documents, i.e. printing, collating, postage and other distribution costs of agendas, minutes, reports and other documents relating to councillors duties in the year to the date at which councils began to supply councillors with tablet computers (or the financial year prior to councillors receiving tablets)

5.  How much did the council spend on supplying councillors with documents, i.e. printing, collating, postage and other distribution costs of agendas, minutes, reports and other documents relating to councillors duties in the year after the date at which councils began to supply councillors with tablet computers (or the financial year during which or following the date councillors began receiving tablets)

6.  How many communications with residents (emails, social media messages, letters, telephone calls) did councillors respond to in the year to the date at which councils began to supply councillors with tablet computers (or the financial year prior to councillors receiving tablets) and what was the median response time.

7.  How many communications with residents (emails, social media messages, letters, telephone calls) did councillors respond to in the year after the date at which councils began to supply councillors with tablet computers (or the financial year during which or following the date councillors began receiving tablets) and what was the median response time.

8.  If the Council has issued tablets as replacements, could you also include reason for replacement (e.g upgrade, broken, lost or stolen)

Response 28-10-2014

1.  Yes

2.  Tablets purchased – Mar 2014

     Make and model – Dell Venue 11 (not a replacement)

     Cost of Tablets - £8200

     Cost of accessories (including additional warranty) - £2500

     Cost of insurance – N/A

     Cost, number and details of repairs – N/A

3.  Initial one to one training when the Tablets were issued.  Cost – N/A.  Further training requirements – to be assessed.

4.  The costs of producing these documents is part of the costs incurred for the Corporate and Democratic Core function of the Council. As such, the costs of documents supplied specifically to councillors is not separately recorded, but is merely part of the total cost of producing all agenda papers, minutes, reports etc.

5.  See answer to question 4.

6.  This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

7.  This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

8.  None.

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