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.
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
Review of UK levels of infrastructure service – data