(1) Mr Cooke (Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services) introduced the report which outlined the requirement to put in place a contract for the renewal of the user access devices. He said that at present such devices were procured on a three-year rolling lease and the intention was to buy hardware as leases came to an end. Lease costs were £2.2 million for 2015 and it was anticipated that £3-£4 million would be spent over the next three years to purchase replacement devices.
(2) During the discussion a Member commended the review of extended warranties and said it was important to balance the cost of purchasing extended warranties against the risk of not purchasing them.
(3) In response to questions Mr Cooke and Michael Lloyd (Head of Technology Commissioning and Strategy) said that:
· Mobile devices would be made available to any member of staff who needed them
· The ICT offer to Members was being refreshed
· The decision to purchase devices had not been made earlier as it could not be taken until after the decision relating to back office procurement had been taken.
(4) Resolved that the proposed decision of the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services, for the renewal of the User Access Devices Contract including the necessary contractual negotiations and to enter into any subsequent necessary legal agreements be delegated to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services be endorsed.