Authorisation for purchase of Members' Apple Iphones
Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider the purchase of Apple iPhones as a devise for Members.
To agree to the purchase of 49 Apple iPhone 6S 32Gb devices at a total cost of £12,209 for issue to new and re-elected members. (However not all Members will require an iPhone; the likely requirement will be for 32 devices at a cost of £7,973.44).
To agree the difference in funding required between the originally budgeted Android smart phone for members (indicative pricing based on Motorola E5) and the preferred Apple iPhone 6S at a total cost difference of £9,514.33 for 49 devices (or £6,213.44 for 32 devices).
Final costs will be determined only at the time of the hardware procurement exercise; the above figures may therefore be subject to some minor adjustment.
Reasons for the decision:
Members are currently issued with a Windows smart phone, in addition to a laptop to perform their duties as a district councillor.
Ahead of this years’ District council election, the Members’ ICT working group reviewed a number of device options for the coming four-year term and chose to replace their Windows laptops with an Apple iPad (using iOS operating system).
For a simple and consistent user experience, they have indicated their preference for an Apple iPhone (using the same iOS operating system) rather than an Android smartphone.
Alternative options considered:
1. To agree to the funding to purchase Apple iPhones for Members.
2. To not agree to the funding.
Publication date: 10/06/2019
Date of decision: 10/06/2019
Effective from: 18/06/2019