In his October 2018 Budget Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed that the National Infrastructure Commission would be examining the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure.
This work builds on the Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment and forms the basis for resilience to be addressed in future Assessments.
The Commission’s study explored how the UK’s economic infrastructure has, for the most part, proved resilient to shocks and stresses over recent years. It examined the steps needed to maintain a resilient system: a proactive approach to resilience, facing up to the possibility of different or harder challenges in the future.
Various consultations and expert reports informed the study, and details of these can be found in the Supporting Evidence tab on the left.
In the final report of the study – Anticipate, react, recover – Resilient infrastructure systems – the Commission concludes that there is a need for a new framework for resilience which anticipates future shocks and stresses; improves actions to resist, absorb and recover from them by testing for vulnerabilities; values resilience properly; and drives adaptation before it is too late. The Commission has made three recommendations to government, which will help to deliver the framework for resilience.
Anticipate, React, Recover: Resilient infrastructure systems
The Commission proposes a new framework for resilience and makes three recommendations to government to help ensure infrastructure operators can deliver the changes necessary.
NIC and CCC call for urgent action to protect infrastructure from climate risks
The National Infrastructure Commission and Climate Change Committee have written jointly to government urging ministers to take steps to improve the resilience of key infrastructure services to the effects of climate change. Building on recent reports by both organisations, the advisory bodies set out five steps to accelerate national adaptation planning to protect key networks:...
Commission welcomes Resilience Framework
The UK government has published a Resilience Framework that commits to taking forward the Commission’s recommendations on resilience standards for key infrastructure sectors and stress testing to help assure them. The strategy document – the first of its kind for the UK – pledges government action to “introduce standards on resilience and develop an action...
James Heath: Incentivising the delivery of resilient infrastructure
James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, spoke at a roundtable event on Wednesday (30 November 2022) organised by Resilience First and PA Consulting, in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, on building a ‘whole society’ approach to national resilience. In his remarks, James reflected on how to incentivise behaviours that support building resilience....
Parliamentary Committee backs Commission’s plan for stronger infrastructure resilience
A Parliamentary Committee has called on government to act quickly on National Infrastructure Commission recommendations to improve the resilience of key infrastructure services, in a hard hitting critique of government’s current approach to ensuring security of key national infrastructure. In a report published today (27 October 2022), the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy...
Frank debate on costs and expectations needed to prepare infrastructure for climate change
A public debate needs to be held on the right level of investment that today’s consumers and taxpayers can be expected to pay to prepare key national infrastructure for climate risks of the future, the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has told a Parliamentary committee. Sir John Armitt told MPs and Peers that on...
Government accepts Commission’s recommendations for better resilience
The government has today (15 September 2021) published its formal response to the Commission’s 2020 study on resilience, Anticipate, react, recover – Resilient infrastructure systems. This study called for a new framework for resilience which anticipates future shocks and stresses; improves actions to resist, absorb and recover from them by testing for vulnerabilities; values resilience...
Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure
System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities
Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems
Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems
System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making