COUNCILLORS are to receive specialist iPad training after a borough made the switch to ‘paperless meetings’.

Hyndburn Council recently made funding available for councillors to purchase their own iPads, as part of cost cutting measures.

Members of the council now use iPads to read agendas, after the council reduced the amount given to each member for internet access packages, and printing costs.

Training sessions are now being given to councillors after identifying different training needs among councillors.

The scheme is part of a ‘bring your own device to work initiative put in place last year and aimed at cost saving.

Hyndburn Council’s IT chiefs are expected to soon compile a report as to the success of the idea.

Part of the new procedures encourage council officers and councillors to communicate via email, rather than by letter and post.