Staffordshire Moorlands DC and Castle Point BC ditched ICL's Unix-based system for council tax and housing benefit in 1994. They then decided to pursue legal claims, with former Staffordshire Moorlands finance director Keith Smith complaining that the system had been a 'total failure' (LGC, 27 March 1998).
Both have now settled out of court, Staffordshire Moorlands for£250,000 and Castle Point for£500,000.
An ICL spokesman said: 'We're pleased we have resolved this. This system has been working perfectly well in 100 authorities. The problem with the software was resolved a number of years ago.'