New Apple iPads: £29,400 spent from climate change budget

By Alan Ng - Feb 10, 2010

It has been reported that a UK council has sanctioned around £29,400 from their ‘climate change’ budget, to be spent on the new Apple iPads to cut costs on paper usage.

I think this is borderline ridiculous personally, but i’ll let you make your own minds up on this one. It is no surprise that they have come in for huge criticism over the move, but council bosses remain defiant on the idea.

Cambridge City Council in the UK has a £250,000 budget for climate change purposes, but have already forked out almost £30,000 on that, on 42 Apple iPad tablets. Bosses claim that it will improve the environment by saving thousands of paper used each year.

What are your thoughts on this? The idea of the government using our money to buy Apple iPads using their reasons given, is not good enough in my opinion.

Leave us your thoughts below. Full article at The Sun here.

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  • I would advise you not to believe everything you read in the papers!

    I can assert categorically that Cambridge City Council has not purchased any Apple i-pads. There has been some discussion about the merits of electronic tablets for council agenda, but no plans have been put to members.

    I chair the Cambridge City Council committee that would approve such a purchase.