National Risk Register
The National Risk Register gives the public information on the risks which have been identified by the UK Government which affects the UK, and gives advice and guidance on how to prepare for these risks. The information in the National Risk Register is based on the National Risk Assessment (A confidential assessment) which mentions the risks which could be faced by the UK over the next five years. Both documents help the Government and local authorities to inform, plan and prepare for the risks.
How Risk is Assessed Nationally
The Government’s assessment on risk is based on a continuous cycle of learning lessons from real events, drawing on new scientific or technological evidence and improving the way which the likelihood and potential risks are calculated. Some risks have changed between the 2015 and 2017 National Risk Register due to new or better modelling or reflecting the changing world in which we live. Some examples include:
- Emerging infectious diseases – This risk is likely to become more frequent due to numerous factors such as: climate change, increasing global travel, greater movement and displacement of people and humans encroaching on the habitat of wild animals.
- Cyber Attacks – This risk is increasing due to an increasing number of groups with the ability and desire to carry out attacks using cyber space. Some try to steal money or data or spy disrupt government, society or individuals by preventing things from working.
There are also a number of longer term trends which are likely to change the risk landscape and are likely to affect over the coming decades. These can include climate change and antimicrobial resistance.
The risks in the National Risk Register are broken down into the following categories: risks in foreign countries, natural hazards, diseases, major accidents, societal risks and malicious attacks.