Issue details

Digital Strategy Funding – members ICT

The purpose of this report is to agree the Information Communication Technology (ICT) requirements of new and returning ward members following the local election on 2 May, 2019.   This is in line with the council’s Digital Strategy to utilise digital technology for staff and councillors to work flexibly, responsively and making the most of technology to deliver services. 


Existing members have been consulted on their current requirements and options for the future; in addition some existing members have participated in a trial of smartphone technology and the outcome of these has informed the recommendation to provide all members with a laptop and to provide all members with the option to also use a smartphone.


The 2018/19 spend from reserves will enable a new ICT package to be procured with delegated authority to the assistant director corporate services to award contract.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/12/2018

Decision due: 30 January 2019 by Cabinet member finance and corporate services

Lead member: Cabinet member finance and corporate services

Lead director: Assistant director Corporate Support

Department: Corporate Support Centre

Contact: John Coleman, Democratic services manager Email: Tel: 01432 260382.


Consultation was undertaken with all 53 ward members on their ICT provision. In addition, 8 local ward members signed up to a smart phone trial. the outcome of those consultations are outlined in this report.