iPads for binmen from council looking to save £18million

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rubbish binsBearing in mind that Bury council in Greater Manchester is trying to save £18million over the next three years, you have to wonder whether blowing up to £9,000 on iPads for binmen is really the best use of taxpayers' money.

But with the brass neck of council officialdom, they're justifying this ludicrous spend by saying it will help binmen keep track of households which just aren't playing the waste recycling game or putting out overweight or damaged bins, it'll stop the drivers getting lost and it will help them report vehicle faults more quickly.

Truly issues of vital importance to the residents of Bury and all, at the risk of a bad pun, utter rubbish.

If binmen are being asked to keep lists of people who are just not separating their paper from their plastics, then why not use the tried and tested method of paper and pen? Because most dustcarts I've seen are certainly not the best environment for a piece of £400 gadgetry that doesn't like dirt, water or rough handling. And a paper and pen won't smash into expensive pieces if dropped from the cab.

Then there's the idea of getting lost. Laughable. When was the last time you were asked for directions from the puzzled driver of a council dustcart? If it is a problem, I'd recommend keeping a dog-eared local A to Z in the glovebox. With around four or five guys generally working from one vehicle, my bet is at least one of them can read a map.

As for reporting faults, well councils have been providing mobile phones to workers who operate remotely for years. Surely a phone call still beats email these days for speed?

You can only imagine what Bury council would say to those who oppose their insistence on bringing binmen into the digital age at the taxpayers' expense. They want their iPads and there's nothing you can do about it.

So mind your own business.

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