Paperless committee meetings are the next step in Argyll and Bute Council’s drive to save around £250,000 through reduced print and paper use.
All councillors and officers will now access reports for council committee meetings on-line only, using the Modern.Gov app, allowing them to read, make notes and comments and highlight areas of interest electronically.
Members of the public can also access council committee reports on-line and when attending a meeting can download documents in advance using the free app on an iPad, Android Device, Windows 8/10 Device or Blackberry Playbook.
The transition to paperless committees alone will save around £40,000 per year and will add to the savings already being achieved by the council’s approach to printing documents using shared multi-function devices, which has already realised hundreds of thousands of pounds of print cost savings.
Councillor Rory Colville, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Corporate Services, said:
“These are difficult times for all councils. Our first priority, in making the savings we must to bridge our funding gap, is to look at what we can do within the council to work smarter.
“This step is about taking advantage of digital channels to make savings that will help protect frontline services.”
In 2018/19 Argyll and Bute Council’s budget gap is estimated to be between £0.9 million and £8.5 million, and over the next three years, between £11.1 million and £33.9 million.
The Council is running a consultation on savings options and planning services, in advance of the budget being set in February 2018.
The consultation gives examples of how responses to previous exercises have already helped change the work of the council, and includes questions on service priorities and potential savings options.
It is available on-line and runs until 2 January 2018.