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January 11, 2023

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Data and collective effort key to UK national security outlines new Resilience Framework

The UK Government published a new Resilience Framework in December, designed to strengthen how the UK prepares for and responds to emergencies.

The UK Government Resilience Framework officially makes resilience a national endeavour for the first time – and is designed to fundamentally strengthen the Government’s approach to risks.

Emphasising a new ‘whole of society’ approach to emergency planning, the underlying strategy is to encourage individuals, businesses and organisations to all make a collective effort to build resilience in the UK.

How is it going to achieve this aim? Well, data is set to play a key role. By bringing together all levels of government with critical national infrastructure operators, the private sector and civil society through improved usage of data and communications, the UK will be better placed to prepare for, respond to and recover from risks and hazards, it says.

READ: How the UK’s approach to national security will require collaboration between the private security sector, public services and government

The Framework follows the commitment made in the Integrated Review for greater strategic planning in resilience, to strengthen the approach to preparedness and civil protection. It sets out a number of commitments across six themes – Risk, Responsibilities and Accountability, Partnerships, Communities, Skills and Investment. These include:

  • Delivering a new UK Resilience Academy, built out from the Emergency Planning College, making world class professional training available to all that need it.
  • Appointing a new Head of Resilience, to guide best practice, encourage adherence to standards, and set guidance – making government more transparent and accountable
  • Introducing an Annual Statement to Parliament on civil contingencies risk and the UK government’s performance on resilience.
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities in the UK government for each National Security Risk Assessment risk, to drive activity across the risk lifecycle.
  • Growing the UK Government’s advisory groups made up of experts, academics and industry experts to inform risk planning and provide external challenge.
  • Significantly strengthening Local Resilience Forums in England by working across three key pillars of reform – Leadership, Accountability, and Integration of resilience into the UK’s levelling up mission.
  • Developing a Measure for Social Vulnerability as an indicator of socio-economic resilience and how risks impact across communities and vulnerable groups – to further guide and inform decision making.
  • Conducting an annual survey of public perceptions of risk, resilience and preparedness.

A new sub-committee of the National Security Council will also specifically consider issues relating to resilience.

“We need to refresh our approach to resilience”

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden MP, said:

“Resilience has long been part of the UK’s approach to national security, but in an increasingly integrated world in which we cannot predict or prevent all of the challenges ahead, we need to refresh our approach – that’s why we are making resilience a national endeavour, so that as a country we are prepared for the next crisis, whatever it may be.

“We have set out an ambitious plan and have already begun, strengthening accountability and transparency here in government and refreshing the way we assess national security risks. Our framework is a tool for local government, emergency services, charities and the public, to enable everyone to prepare for crises.”

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