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Civil Contingencies Act 2004

Civil Contingencies Act 2004

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is designed to provide a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom capable of meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century.

The act is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: focuses on local arrangements for civil protection, establishing a statutory framework of roles and responsibilities for local responders.
  • Part 2: focuses on emergency powers, establishing a modern framework for the use of special legislative measures that might be necessary to deal with the effects of the most serious emergencies.

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 defines an emergency as:

'An event or situation which threatens serious damage to welfare, the environment or war or terrorism which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom'.

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