Civil Contingencies Act

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 establishes a coherent framework for emergency planning and response in the UK. The Act was introduced following a number of national emergencies including; the fuel protests of 2000, flooding in 2000 and the Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001.

Following these events the existing legislation, the Civil Defence Act 1948, was deemed insufficient for dealing with these threats and hazards, therefore new legislation was required.

The Civil Contingencies Act is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 - defines the statutory obligations of certain organisations to prepare for various types of emergencies.
  • Part 2 - provides additional powers for the Government to use in the event of a large scale emergency.
  • Part 3 - provides supplementary legislation in support of the first two parts.

The Act is supported by a number of guidance documents that provide further detail on the statutory obligations placed on certain organisations, including local authorities. You can read more about the Council’s Roles and Responsibilities here.

You can view the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and guidance documents by using the links below: