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Formation of a National Resilience Strategy

Earlier this year the Government made a Call for Evidence to contribute to the formation of a National Resilience Strategy.

This is a process the EPS wants to be closely involved in and we called on all members to help us shape our response to this vitally important piece of work as our chance to ensure that the #voiceofresilience and the voice of the resilience professional is heard, and acted upon.

The Call for Evidence sought public views to inform the development of a new National ResiliencebStrategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for our national resilience. It seeks to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience, gather evidence on where improvements could be made, and gauge the UK’s appetite for change.

The Call for Evidence asks questions around six themes:

Risk and Resilience: Strengthening our ability to manage an evolving risk landscape depends on improving our ability to both predict and adapt to identified and unexpected challenges.

Responsibilities and Accountability: It is fundamentally important that all those involved in building resilience have a clear understanding of when, where and how to apply tools, processes and relationships effectively.

Partnerships: Resilience is not solely a government or public sector responsibility. Other parts of society play an essential role in building our collective resilience.

Community: A whole-of-society approach will be central to strengthening the UK’s resilience, with a revived effort to inform and empower all parts of society who can make a contribution.

Investment: The challenge of where to place investment in the risk cycle is one that affects the public and private sectors alike. As government, individuals and businesses, we face choices around what, and how much, to invest.

Resilience in an Interconnected World: UK resilience is closely entwined with the wider global context. Challenges and opportunities are frequently experienced on a global scale.

Also included in the Call for Evidence were specific questions on the Civil Contingencies Act. Evidence gathered in this section will help to inform the scheduled review of the Act which is due to be completed by March 2022.

The EPS Response

Following consultation with our members, we have formed an EPS organisational response and submitted this to Government.You can read the response here:  EPS RESPONSE TO CALL FOR EVIDENCE