iPads are to be issued to most Craven district councillors.

Tailored training for members will take place this month, with the council going ‘live’ on March 31.

Approval to buy 35 tablet computers at a total cost of about £11,500 – plus an annual fee of £1,483 – was given by the policy committee.

Councillors have already been given tutorials on the importance of data protection and were told customised training will be offered.

Coun Paul English said although some might think the council was issuing its members with “toys”, the iPads should be considered as nothing more than an efficient tool to do the job. They would do away with paper agendas and save £5,000 per year in printing and other costs.

Councillors who do not wish to use an iPad will continue to receive paper agendas.