National Emergency Planning
The City Council's Emergency Planning Section works with representatives from other organisations at national, regional and local levels to ensure that emergency planning / civil protection arrangements are in place.
The Civil Contingencies Secretariat (external site) of the Cabinet Office was established in July 2001 to improve the resilience of Central Government and the UK.
'Resilience' is defined as:
'our ability to handle disruptive challenges that can lead to, or result in crisis'
The Secretariat reports to the Prime Minister through the Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office.
Like all Cabinet Office Secretariats, it supports Ministers collectively. Specifically, it services the Civil Contingencies Committee, chaired by the Home Secretary, which is concerned with managing and exercising arrangements to handle individual crises as they arise.
The Home Office (external site) is responsible for the government's contingency planning arrangements to protect the public from any possible threat from terrorists and to manage the consequences of terrorism, whatever form it comes in.
The Manchester City Council Emergency Planning Team works in partnership with emergency planners from other major cities in England to ensure a co-ordinated aproach.
The Core Cities (external site) group was formed by eight major cities in 1995, and provides a forum for these cities to work together and with central Government, on projects of national importance. To find out more about the work of the core cities group please use the link.