Monday, April 15, 2024

I-pads for councillors: Computer says no…..

A SENIOR Thurrock councillor has poured cold water on councillors using I-pads to help them in their duties.

Portfolio holder for central services, cllr Phil Smith broached the subject as part of his report into his portfolio.

Cutting-edge councillors such as South Chafford councillor, Tunde Ojetola has used his own one as part of his duties for a couple of years.

However, councillor Phil Smith explained that there would be compatibility problems with council software and I-pads.

Computer problems seem to be the bane of the council’s life. Officers have privately complained that while the IT world looks to 2013, the council’s computer operating system is in 2003.

Fobbing councillor, Mark Coxshall interjected and questioned whether senior officers were, nevertheless, being given I-pads based on their status.


  1. iPads? Really? They are more a fashion accessory than a real working tool (in my humble opinion) I am all for Cllrs being able to work on the go but a laptop does the job better and at a lower cost. Plus, Windows will probably be more compatible with the Council’s ageing system than iOS ever will be.

  2. Sorry gray64 I have to disagree mate, the iPad and other table devices are vast becoming a great business tool where you can access work from anywhere, I believe this would assist Councillors in their day to day business when out and about in there jobs.

    Most local councils have suffered with their IT and are so behind the times with regards to the technology and software that they use, with a bit of investment they could start to revolutionize they way they work and communicate with the public and businesses, they really do need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century

  3. Lambo, You are probably right! I have to come clean and confess to being iPhobic!
    I have a completely irrational dislike of anything Apple.


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