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WELSH COUNCILS MOVE ON MILLENNIUM BUG

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Welsh counterparts are ahead of their counterparts in England in preparing for the millennium bug, according to loc...
Welsh counterparts are ahead of their counterparts in England in preparing for the millennium bug, according to local authority experts, the Western Mail reports (p5).

An Audit Commission report says in the past six months many NHS organisations and local councils have made 'signifiant progress' but a small number are falling even further behind.

Emergency planning officer for the South Wales Local Authorities Year 2000 Interest Group, Alan Young, said councils in South and West Wales were in the process of identifying which services were in the need of updating.

He said the Audit Commission had found authorities in Wales came out at above average in recent assessments.

Gwynedd Council had sorted out its IT requirements for handling council rents, payroll and council tax without the need for Welsh Office grants, chief IT officer Richard Walker said.

All council staff were to be paid twice in December 1999 to compensate for January and housing benefit cheques were likely to be printed twice as a back-up in case of computer problems.

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