Decision details


Decision Maker: Policy and Finance

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Director of Resources & Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report for Committee to approve an additional capital programme scheme to enable the bulk replacement of the Council’s mobile phone handsets.


A review had been undertaken which assessed the provision of mobile phones for staff for work purposes. The assessment of future needs identified that the cost of replacement and additional handsets could not be funded through existing budgets. The request for the new capital scheme covered the procurement of over 100 new mobile phone handsets at a total cost of £30,000, the majority of which would be refurbished ‘good as new’ handsets.


The new equipment would greatly improve the ability of staff to undertake their roles, notably when away from the main offices or depot, allowing better reactive responses to issues that may arise around the Borough. The handsets would also provide better security and safety for staff whilst working alone or remotely.


It was hoped that future replacements could be programmed through the five-year capital programme.


Members felt that the scheme was necessary and further discussed that the option be explored to provide Members, and in particular Group Leaders, with mobile devices. This would greatly improve communication channels for Members, who due to strict security controls, were only able to access Councillor emails on their Council supplied tablet device.




1.    Approve the inclusion of a new capital programme scheme in 2023/24 financial year for mobile phones at a cost of £30,000.


2.    Approve the use of Covid new burdens monies that are within our earmarked reserves to fund the new capital scheme.


3.    Approve Officers to consider providing mobile devices to Members, and other opportunities for Councillors to access emails.


Report author: Averil Crowther

Publication date: 25/09/2023

Date of decision: 12/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 12/09/2023 - Policy and Finance

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