Welsh farmers look forward to Christmas

| Press release

Welsh farmers have become the first in Europe to receive the new single payment for 2005, introduced under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.

The Rural Payments Division of the Welsh Assembly Government with IT partner Capgemini UK plc has successfully developed processes and IT systems that have resulted in about 75% of Welsh farmers being paid during the first day of the European Commission payment window that opened on 1 December.

More than £110 million of payments were processed during the two-day period December 1-2.

Sue Armitage, responsible for implementing the Single Payment in Wales at the Welsh Assembly, said: “I am delighted that the majority of Welsh farmers are receiving their first single payment before Christmas and that this programme has been successfully delivered on time and within budget. This success reflects the hard work by Welsh Assembly Government staff and Capgemini over the past two years to accommodate the many complex changes required as part of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.”

Mary Champion, Capgemini’s Delivery Director responsible for Capgemini’s work at the Welsh Assembly Government, said: “This success is a huge tribute to the joint team from the Welsh Assembly Government and Capgemini who delivered the systems needed to make payments on time. The key contributory factors were a high degree of collaboration between the business and IT, and also a strongly managed “build to budget” approach, which together ensured a mutual focus on the scope and risk management needed to meet the demanding delivery schedule.”

The new processes and computer systems were developed by a collaborative Welsh Assembly and Capgemini team based in Cardiff. The resulting system is an upgrade of the original Rural Payments system implemented in 2003, with new functionality to handle the complete overhaul of the CAP regime that has taken place since then.

Capgemini is part of the Merlin Alliance a 10 year partnership agreement with the Welsh Assembly, in conjunction with Siemens Business Services and PA Consulting Group.

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For more information, please contact:

At Capgemini:

Tom Barton
Media relations manager
Tel: 0870 238 2491
tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk

At the Welsh Assembly:

Rebekah Reid
Senior Press Officer/Uwch Swyddog y Wasg
Welsh Assembly Government/Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru
Ffon Tel (029) 2089 8490
Facs Fax (029) 2089 8560
rebekah.reid@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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