Resilience

Status:Final report complete.  Published:

A study on the resilience of the UK's economic infrastructure.

Summary

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 resistabsorb 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.

Final Report

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.

Download the full report

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Latest Updates

Principles for setting levels of service

Principles for setting levels of service

21 Jul 2020
Resilience impact and costing note

Resilience impact and costing note

21 Jul 2020
Case studies and good practice for resilience
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Case studies and good practice for resilience

21 Jul 2020
Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure
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Setting committed levels of service across infrastructure

28 May 2020
System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities
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System analysis of interdependent network vulnerabilities

28 May 2020
Call for evidence submissions
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Call for evidence submissions

28 May 2020
Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems
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Review of emergent behaviours of systems comparable to infrastructure systems

28 May 2020
Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems
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Emergent behaviour within the economic infrastructure system-of-systems

28 May 2020
System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making
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System mapping for UK infrastructure systems decision making

28 May 2020
Resilience Study scoping report
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Resilience Study scoping report

13 Sep 2019
Summary of responses to initial consultation on resilience
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Summary of responses to initial consultation on resilience

13 Sep 2019
Resilience Study consultation responses

Resilience Study consultation responses

13 Sep 2019
Review of UK levels of infrastructure service
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Review of UK levels of infrastructure service

15 Mar 2019
Review of UK levels of infrastructure service – data
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Review of UK levels of infrastructure service – data

15 Mar 2019
Resilience Study scoping consultation
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Resilience Study scoping consultation

5 Mar 2019

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