National Infrastructure Commission calls for insights into UK's resilience


The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a consultation calling for views on the UK’s infrastructure resilience.

The research will support a study, commissioned by chancellor Philip Hammond, examining what actions the Government should take to 'cope with future changes, disruptions, shocks and accidents – from increased risks of flooding due to climate change, to ever-increasing dependencies on digital technologies'.

The NIC hopes to create a new resilience assessment framework, which will inform the next National Infrastructure Assessment.

NIC chairman Sir John Armitt said: 'Whether it’s how we get to work, how we heat and light our homes or how we keep in touch with friends and family, our infrastructure services have become increasingly sophisticated and increasingly interdependent.

'Our latest study will examine how best to ensure that our infrastructure systems are fit for managing shocks or disruptions they might face.

'We want to hear from those across the public and private sectors, and researchers, about the priorities and the questions that the framework we’re developing should seek to address, and the barriers to developing resilient infrastructure that our study should seek to overcome.'

The resilience study consultation will run until 1 April 2019.

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