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.
Draft Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is now undertaking a consultation on our draft Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan.
Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act.
Under Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by Article 5 of the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006), Council is required, when carrying out our functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- promote positive attitudes towards disabled people; and
- encourage participation by disabled people in public life.
These are collectively referred to as the ‘disability duties’.
The draft Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan outlines our commitments to fulfil our equality and disability duties. The documents can be accessed on our Consultations page and also below.