A Freedom of Information request has revealed that a stunning £450,000 worth of mobile phone bills belonging to employees of Notts county Council are being paid by taxpayers.
Councillor Reg Adair, the county council’s cabinet member for finance and property, said the mobile phone was an essential tool for day-to-day work for many council employees.
He said they were particularly necessary for those who work from home, travel around the county or need to be contacted in an emergency.
“Ten years ago, staff would have been travelling many miles every week back to the office between appointments.
“Now mobile technology means that we can extract virtually every minute of value out of every day. Unnecessary travelling time is dead time”.
OK, that is a good enough reason to supply 4,860 (39%) of your staff with a mobile phone, and some with a pager, you can then contact them when you need them in an emergency.
That accounts for the initial cost of supplying the phone, and a economical business tariff to keep the lines open.
Are you really saying, Councillor Reg Adair, that your employees clocked up half a million quid in call charges every year for the past three years making calls back to the council once alerted to the need for their emergency presence? Don’t they know how to text a simple ‘OK – on my way?’
Councillor Adair also said said ‘they were particularly necessary for those who work from home’.
Don’t they have home phones?
‘travel around the county’
How many of the 4,860 employees travel round the county?
or ‘need to be contacted in an emergency’.
It’s called a pager, Councillor Adair, and doesn’t run up bills for outgoing calls.
Apologies for the ‘less than normal’ blogging today, but OH and I are still fully engaged in ensuring the release of Nick Hogan – it has turned into a full time job for both of us.