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Government offers to help councils gain Y2K compliancy


SIX LOCAL authorities were this week highlighted for continuing to present a severe risk of material disruption caused by the Millennium Bug.

A 'red' code alert warning was issued to the councils by the National Infrastructure Forum on Tuesday. The forum met to take representations from organisations responsible for the UK's infrastructure on progress towards gaining Year 2000 compliance

Charnwood, East Northamptonshire, Hart, Restormel, Rugby and Warwick were named this week as the offending authorities. All have been offered help by central government to achieve Year 2000 compliance but may not achieve it by the end of December.

But according to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, all other local authorities are on track to beat the bug and are rated blue or amber. In addition, water, rail safety systems, the nuclear sector and the Channel Tunnel are among industrial sectors claiming 'blue' Millennium Bug status - no risk of material disruption identified.

The motorway and trunk road network overall is assessed at 90% blue, 10% amber, while rail's figures are 70% and 30%, though its safety critical systems are already 100% blue. Channel Tunnel is 100% blue and London Underground expects to follow by September.

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