SBC Gravy Train rolls on (and on) . . .
- TIM THORNE reports on the disinformation surrounding the SBC iPad controversy – and reveals the truth about the undercover perk culture at the Town Hall.
Over a year has passed since the Scarborough Borough Council iPad fiasco. You will likely remember that the Council shed a total of 37 jobs when it bought the Councillors iPads.
SBC Officer claims, also voiced by Council Leader Tom Fox in the Council chamber, were that the shiny new iPads would cost the tax payer a measly £160 each.
You may also remember that the laughable figure of £8,000 (£160×50) to equip the fifty elected members with shiny new iPads was comprehensively rubbished on this website, and the true cost was in excess of £53,000, after information was unwillingly extracted from SBC via an FOI request.
You may also remember some of the drivers behind the project. As austerity bites hard, Councils around the country are trying to save money and the purchase of the iPads was supposed to save money over the long term.
Council Leader Tom Fox was quoted, saying:
- “Out of £2.2 million pounds in savings in the budget, £53,000 is savings related to having iPads.”
Another driver was that elected members would no longer need Broadband at home as the iPads would be equipped with a 3G connection, negating the need for Broadband. This would also curtail any further allegations of double-dipping.
Scarborough Borough Council (amazingly) has answered an FOI request.
The response indicates that five elected members still have their Broadband paid for by the Council, over a year after the Council replaced their laptops with the new iPads!
Far be it from me to tell public servants how to do their jobs, but if you’re looking to save money, why not cease paying for those elected member Broadband lines when you’ve publically stated they no longer need them, since you’ve replaced them with iPads?
The FOI response also states that a total of thirty SBC Officers have a Broadband line that is paid for directly by the Council.
What is the total cost to us tax-payers of all these Broadband lines that were never supposed to exist?
£15,376.32 per annum.
The Gravy Train stops at St Nicholas Street, Scarborough – but only very briefly.
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