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The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), in the Home Office, works to counter the threat from terrorism. The OSCT’s work is covered in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy called CONTEST (July 2011)

The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence.

The strategy is based on four areas of work:

  • Pursue; stopping terrorist attacks in the country
  • Prepare; mitigating the impact of an attack
  • Protect; strengthening our protection against a terrorist attack
  • Prevent; stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism


The UK threat level has been set as SEVERE since August 2014. This means that an attack is highly likely and could occur without warning at any time

Assessments of the level and nature of the threat from international terrorism are made by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). Further information can be found on the Mi5 website:

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