The Shropshire Star report:

Shropshire Council paid out £361,800 on 650 iPads and tablet computers between April 2009 and May 2013 – equivalent to £557 per electronic device.

The council said today its stationery and printing budget was reduced by more than £20,000 in 2012/13, most of which was down to councillors using iPads to access reports.

A Freedom of Information request shows that 63 out of the 75 elected councillors in Shropshire now use iPads, with the rest being used by officers.

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