Environmentalism Has It's Perks!!

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Environmentalism Has It's Perks!!

Post  El Guapo on Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:55 am

Or at least it does if you work for Cambridge City Council...

Bosses at Cambridge City Council have earmarked £29,400 from their "climate change" budget to buy 42 of the new Apple gadgets.

They claim it will improve their green credentials by helping to get rid of some of the thousands of pages used in meetings every year.

The £250,000 climate change budget was approved by the council in March last year to reduce the carbon footprint of internal projects.

But with the iPad retailing between £499.99 and £699.99 for the 64GB even councillors themselves are calling the plans excessive.

Matthew Sinclair, Research Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It is understandable that the council want to avoid wasting paper, but it is incredible that they think that means providing councillors with flash new Apple iPads at a cost of thousands.

"A small, affordable laptop would do the same job, though it certainly wouldn't be as exciting a perk for the councillors.

"Environmentalism shouldn't be used an excuse for extravagant spending, if councillors want an iPad they can join the queue and buy one themselves."

Labour group leader Cllr Lewis Herbert said that while paper resources needed to be reduced, the iPad would be a waste of funds.

He said: "I do not think we need fancy technology to do our job.

"The cost of replacing paper with iPads would be far more than the gadgets themselves as the council will go through a management contract.

"Technology changes every year so if they lay out cash on a certain product they would probably just have to replace it in two years.

"They have had real trouble with finding a way to spend this £250,000 climate change budget and I do not think they have thought this through."

But council bosses view the iPad as a realistic solution to help improve their carbon footprint.

David Roberts, head of policy and projects at the council, said: "It is definitely a possibility."



Shocked Shocked Shocked

Nice to see Council Tax being used to improve services!!!

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Post  Guest on Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:03 am

Yeah I bet old peeps facing local authority care home closures really appreciate that money is being so well spent.....

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Post  El Guapo on Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:15 am

Well, don't be too harsh on the Council Alf.

The poor buggers at the Town Hall need to be able to watch YouTube when they should be answering phones!

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Post  EarthsAngel on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:31 am

Haven't they hears Global Warming is a lie? Just one more lie to extract even more money from the taxpayer.

How about they use some of that money to keep British pensioners from dying of hypothermia or starvation. Maybe they could use it to use it the get rid of the rubbish that lies in the street for two weeks, or handle the rat infestation. I could think of a million ways that money could be spent to better the lives of British people.

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