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Strategic Director – Hilary Jones
Mr T Thorne
9 May 2012
Dear Mr Thorne Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 – FOIA2019
Thank you for your recent request which has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA). You requested the following information:
“I'd like to know much more about the £160 cost for the iPads that was quoted as part of
Our response to your 12 questions is set out in the table below: Question Answer
1. What model iPad are you The first few test models were iPad 2’s, all
subsequent ones iPad 3’s. They have both wifi and
3G connectivity and 16Gb of storage.
2. Is the quoted £160 the full cost for As for as the Council is concerned ‘yes’. Although
a single unit if you agree to buy the the cost is (and as far as I can see has always
iPad with a 3g contract?
been) £165 and not £160. Each unit is costing the
Council a net £165 as the provider is discounting
the normal unit purchase price based on it being
associated with a 2-year 3G contract. The cost of
the 3G contract for 2-years is being almost entirely
funded by the re-direction of a current Member
allowance (for IT equipment). The net deficit from
this re-direction is £1.25/month/unit.
3. If a 3g contract is being purchased As indicated above it will run for 2-years, but will be
with the iPads, how long is the funded from the re-direction of an existing Member
4. If you are buying with a 3g contract The 3G contracts allow 2GB UK data and unlimited
how much data can you transfer per BT Openzone wifi downloads per month. The unit
month without incurring any extra will always default to wifi where a signal exists and
Members will be trained to use wifi whenever
possible, also the actual 3G download levels per
unit will be monitored.
5. Is the quoted £160 the yearly lease No, the £165 per unit is a one-off net purchase
cost for the iPad?
price to the Council for each tablet (excluding 3G
contract costs which I explained above are almost
cost neutral due to the re-direction of a Member
6. If leased, how long is the lease The units are not leased, see above.
7. Is the 3g contract separate from No, as explained above the 3G contract is part of
the iPads purchase?
the overall package price, with the 3G element paid
by a re-direction of an existing Member allowance.
8. What are the expected training Our IT section has acquired the skills to train and
costs for the iPads?
support Member use of iPads. This is our normal
practice when new technologies are introduced.
Therefore there are no direct external training costs
associated with their implementation.
9. What are the expected installation Each unit will be supplied with a protective cover
costs for the iPads?
and stylus costing about £25 per unit.
10. What are the expected support As mentioned above support will be provided
costs for the iPads?
internally, i.e. normal practice for IT equipment.
Ongoing repair/replacement cost will be met from
existing IT budgets currently designated for
Member IT equipment, e.g. laptops, etc, that will no
longer be supported.
11. What are the expected costs of The Council will provide a selected set of Apps that
any software that is being purchased are considered necessary for Members to
for the iPads.
effectively use the iPads. These will cost
approximately £20 per unit.
Also an enterprise access licence to a specific local
government software App (to be used for Members
to access meeting papers) will be purchased at a one-off cost
of £500 for the 1st year’s access
(equivalent to £10 per Member iPad during year 1).
Future use of this App will be reviewed during the
first year’s operation
12. Please supply any other pertinent There has also been a one-off cost of £160 to
cost information that will determine purchase a variety of cables to connect iPads to
the true cost of the iPads to the things like projectors, monitors, etc.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish
to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to David Kitson,
Senior Solicitor, Legal and Support Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough,
North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG or email email@example.com.
If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner’s Office
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by
Scarborough Borough Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF. Tel: 01625 545745 Fax: 01625 524510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk
Transformation Programme Manager