'Met Office — The Public Weather Service's contribution to the UK economy' is a comprehensive report on just how much we benefit the UK economy as a whole.
"The Met Office provides a service which is second to none in helping the UK understand and make the most of the weather in this country and overseas."
Derek Twigg, Undersecretary of State for Defence (June 2007 to October 2008)
As the UK's national weather service we are responsible for providing weather and other related services in support of national need - to help protect life and property; safeguard the environment, and contribute to national security and sustainable development.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we are providing these services to the country. While doing so we are also supporting and providing benefit to numerous other areas of the public sector and the economy - but by just how much has never been quantified, until now.
The report into the Public Weather Service's value to the UK economy has been produced by PA Consulting Group on behalf of the PWS Customer Group.
The Met Office's Public Weather Service (PWS) provides the weather forecasts that the UK depends upon. It funds and is responsible for gathering observations of the current weather, developing and operating the computer model that predicts future weather, and the analysis of observations and model output to create our weather forecasts.
With an annual budget of around £82.3 million it provides services for ten government departments and 600 other agencies.
The study describes the impact of the PWS on the public, plus it reviewed ten government departments - three in detail: the Cabinet Office, the Environment Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Customers were interviewed about how they used our services to help minimise the detrimental impact of weather events.
The study grouped benefits into four categories.
|Department||Lives saved||Financial equivalent of lives saved (£ millions)||Property savings / efficiency gains (£ millions)||Total fiscal benefit (£ millions)|
|Civil Aviation Authority||20||29.6||99.1||128.7|