Equality & Good Relations

Equality Scheme with Equality Action Plan 2023-2027

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In writing:

The Policy Team
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
The Braid
1-29 Bridge Street
BT43 5EJ

T: 0300 124 5000
E: policy@midandeastantrim.gov.uk



Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Our arrangements for assessing our compliance with the Section 75 Duties

Chapter 3 - Our arrangements for consulting

Chapter 4 - Our arrangements for assessing, monitoring and publishing the impact of policies

Chapter 5 - Staff training

Chapter 6 - Our arrangements for ensuring and assessing public access to information and services we provide

Chapter 7 - Timetable for measures we propose in this Equality Scheme

Chapter 8 - Our complaints procedure

Chapter 9 - Publication of our Equality Scheme

Chapter 10 - Review of our Equality Scheme

Appendix 1 - Organisational Chart - available in the downloadable document

Appendix 2 - Example groups relevant to the Section 75 categories for Northern Ireland purposes

Appendix 3 - List of consultees

Appendix 4 - Timetable for measures proposed

Appendix 5 - Glossary of terms

Appendix 6 - Action plan/action measures

Appendix 7 - Screening Proforma - available in the downloadable document


Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have (1) due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and (2) regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act1.

In our Equality Scheme we set out how Mid and East Antrim Borough Council proposes to fulfill the Section 75 statutory duties.

We will commit the necessary resources in terms of people, time and money to make sure that the Section 75 statutory duties are complied with and that the Equality Scheme is implemented effectively, and on time.

We commit to having effective internal arrangements in place for ensuring our effective compliance with the Section 75 statutory duties and for monitoring and reviewing our progress.

We will develop and deliver a programme of communication and training with the aim of ensuring that all our staff and board members are made fully aware of our Equality Scheme and understand the commitments and obligations within it. We will develop a programme of awareness raising for our consultees on the Section 75 statutory duties and our commitments in our Equality Scheme.

We, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are fully committed to effectively fulfilling our Section 75 statutory duties across all our functions (including service provision, employment and procurement) through the effective implementation of our Equality Scheme.

We realise the important role that the community and voluntary sector and the general public have to play to ensure the Section 75 statutory duties are effectively implemented. Our Equality Scheme demonstrates how determined we are to ensure there are opportunities, for people affected by our work, to positively influence how we carry out our functions in line with our Section 75 statutory duties. It also offers the means whereby persons directly affected by what they consider to be a failure, on our part, to comply with our Equality Scheme, can make complaints.

On behalf of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and our staff we are pleased to support and endorse this Equality Scheme which has been drawn up in accordance with Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Equality Commission guidelines.

Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna

Valerie Watts
Interim Chief Executive

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