Equality & Good Relations
Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires all public sector bodies to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. In carrying out its functions, we must have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between:
- Persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation
- Between men and women generally
- Between persons with a disability and persons without
- Between persons with dependants and persons without
In addition, we must have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
Our Equality Scheme is a statement of our commitment to the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations and also outlines how it will meet its obligations under Section 75. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland recently approved our first Equality Scheme which has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s guidance.
Policy Screening and Equality Impact Assessment
Under Section 75, we are required to screen all our services and policies to identify any existing or potential impact on equality of opportunity and good relations. Where there is an adverse impact, we will conduct a detailed review of the policy and seek ways to eliminate or reduce the impact. This process is called equality impact assessment.
Equality Screening reports are published quarterly and are available on request.
Disability Action Plan
Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by the Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006) requires us, in carrying out our functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people
- Encourage participation by disabled people in public life
The Disability Action Plan sets out how we propose to fulfil the Disability Duties in relation to our functions.