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WREXHAM SCOOPS BEST COUNCIL WEBSITE AWARD FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

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Wrexham CBC's websitehas won the best local government website in Wales at the Society for Public Information Networks (SPIN) conference.

Wrexham was shortlisted for the award following a survey of all websites across the UK by the Society of Information Technology Managers (SOCITM).

It is the second year that the council's website has won the SPIN/SOCITM award.

The award is linked to the findings of SOCITM's highly respected 'Better Connected 2002' report which annually looks at government websites and their state of development. Criteria for this year's report included joined up government, information for young and older people, those moving house and information for businesses.

Over 20,000 visitors go the web site every month. Facilities offered include changing addresses online, contacting local councillors as well as finding out about council tax or the latest news from the council. Visitors can find out where to go, where to stay and what's going on when they visit Wrexham. Businesses can find out the opportunities available for investment in the area and information about the workforce available to them. The fully bilingual site was also recognised for providing information and facilities in an accessible way, in particular for users

who may be visually impaired.

Council leader Shan Wilkinson said:

'This is wonderful news for Wrexham Council and a tremendous achievement by our website team. The award is highly coveted throughout the UK, to win it for the second year running is a sign that our site continues to improve its range of services online. Our aim is to provide residents with access to our services 24 hours a day seven days a week. Information for businesses and visitors to Wrexham is also high on our agenda as Wrexham increasingly raises its profile throughout Wales and the UK'.

Chief information systems officer Dave Hylands said:

'We are developing the website continually and are now looking at more ways to allow the public access to our services online, including requesting services, paying bills and finding information'.

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