New IT equipment needed as council moves towards ‘paperless’ working

LYME Regis Town Council is hoping to provide all members with common IT equipment so they can better conduct virtual meetings.

Since lockdown measures were first implemented in March, Lyme Regis Town Council has been meeting virtually via video conferencing app Zoom. But members have had to rely on their own IT equipment to ensure they can take part in meetings.

Now the council will be looking into providing laptops for all members, as well as reintroducing official email addresses for councillors to ensure they can carry out businesses properly from home.

The council also hopes to eventually move to a paperless office, as part of its pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, and increase efficiency in the way it operates.

Prices for the IT equipment and email addresses have been sought from Dorset Council, which already provides IT equipment and support for the office staff at a cost of £7,000 a year.

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