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, the Council 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, the Council must have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
The Council’s Equality Scheme is a statement of the Council’s 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 Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s first Equality Scheme which has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s guidance on the implementation of section 75. A copy of the Equality Scheme is available to download below.
Equality Action Plan
The Council’s Equality Scheme includes a commitment to develop an action plan of measures to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. The action plan did not form part of the approval process for the equality scheme, but was recommended by the Equality Commission as a demonstration of a public authority’s commitment to implementation of the Scheme. The Audit of Inequalities formed the basis of the Action Plan
Equality Action Plan 2015-2017
Audit of Inequalities 2015-2017
Equality and Diversity Framework – This Framework details the Council’s statement of intent and approach to ensure equality and diversity
Policy Screening and Equality Impact Assessment
Under Section 75, the Council is required to screen all its services and policies to identify any existing or potential impact on equality of opportunity and good relations. Where there is an adverse impact, the Council will conduct a detailed review of the policy and seek ways to eliminate or reduce the impact. This process is called equality impact assessment. Both policy screening and equality impact assessment reports are subject to public consultation.
Policy screening report – June 2015
Policy screening report – September 2015
Policy screening report – January 2016
Policy screening report – April 2016
Policy screening report – November 2016
Our draft Community plan and accompanying Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is now out for formal consultation can be downloaded from the consultation section of this website. The closing date on the draft plan and draft EQIA for feedback is Monday 16 January 2017.
Draft Equality Impact Assessment
The Palace Demesne
Tel (028) 3752 9600