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In April 2007, we announced a new structure that will deliver faster, more resilient and cost effective services to customers wherever they are. With effect from 1 July 2007, BT Design will be responsible for the design and development of the platforms, systems and processes, which will support our services; BT Operate will be responsible for their deployment and operation. Around 20,000 employees – from design, operations, IT and networks – will move into these new units. We estimate that the reorganisation and transformation activities will result in restructuring costs of around £450 million which is expected to generate a payback within two to three years. These activities will include developing new processes and systems, re-skilling and leaver costs which will be accommodated within existing policies and by voluntary means. We expect the majority of these costs to be incurred in the 2008 financial year and to be classified as a specific item in our 2008 results.

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