Liverpool lacks back-up

Liverpool City Council has admitted that it would lose all its council tax, benefit claims and rent records in the event of a...

Liverpool City Council has admitted that it would lose all its council tax, benefit claims and rent records in the event of a blackout that lasted more than 30 minutes because it has no emergency back-up systems. The risk was highlighted in a report from the district auditor.

The council, which set up a joint technology venture with BT Global Services in 2001, is to rush out a £400,000 back-up system.

The system will be installed over 16 weeks, from 1 April.

Back-up has not been addressed until now, a council spokesman said, because the first priority of the BT deal was to consolidate the myriad of disparate council systems.

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