'Majority' of Sunderland City Council website back up and running after power failure

Sunderland Civic Centre.
Sunderland Civic Centre.
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The "majority" of Sunderland City Council's IT networks and systems have now been restored after they were left down for a number of days.

Following work over the weekend, most of the authority's website is now up and running.

The site was hit by a power failure last week.

The council say business continuity and contingency plans remain in place as work continues to restore the few remaining applications.

Payments will be paid as normal this week including benefits payments, social care and foster care payments.

Payroll is up and running, which means teaching and non-teaching staff employed by the city council and staff across the council will be paid as normal.

Residents had contacted the Echo to say they could not pay for their children's school meals or apply for school places.

The Sunderland.gov.uk website is also back up and running including all 'pay for it' services - although work is still on-going to restore some of the transactional forms

Deputy leader, Councillor Harry Trueman, said: "I'd like to pay tribute to the staff in ICT and other directorates who have worked so hard to get systems back up and running since we first suffered a power unit failure in the early hours of last Tuesday.

"They really have pulled out all the stops and done a fantastic job.

"We even had one member of staff who missed out on his daughter’s eighth birthday so he could come in.

"I'd ask people to be patient for a little while longer as we work to get everything back on track."