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Equality Impact Assessments

An Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) is a thorough and systematic analysis of a policy. Its purpose is to improve the work of the council by making sure we promote equality and do not discriminate.

The assessment makes reference to the nine equality categories as defined by Section 75:

  • religious belief
  • political opinion
  • racial group
  • age
  • marital status
  • sexual orientation
  • gender
  • disability
  • dependency

The EQIA determines if the policy has any negative impact on any of the nine categories and an alternative to the policy to achieve the promotion of equality of opportunity.

Below you will find our most recent EQIAs dating back to 2012.

For EQIAs before 2012, please contact the Equality and Diversity officer on 028 9027 0663 or email


Preferred Options Paper 2020-2035

We carried out a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Local Development Plan - Phase 1 Preferred Options Paper (POP). This EQIA has been conducted at a strategic level. 

Belfast Agenda

We carried out a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Belfast Agenda, Belfast’s first community plan. 

The Belfast Agenda was created by a partnership of key city partners, residents and community organisations. The plan sets out our joint vision and long-term ambitions for Belfast’s future, as well as outlining our priorities for action over the next four years.


Leisure Transformation Programme

We carried out a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on our Leisure Transformation Programme which will see £105m investment in our leisure services over the next 10 years. 


We carried out Equality Impact Assessments (EQIAs) on two policies relating to the Flying of the Union Flag on council-owned property and Belfast City Hall: Promoting a Good and Harmonious Environment.

Belfast City Hall: Promoting a Good and Harmonious Environment

Flying of the Union Flag

Cultural Framework for Belfast 2012–15

This document sets out the council's priorities for supporting and investing in arts and heritage in the city.

Playing Pitches Strategy

We carried out an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on our Playing Pitches Strategy and associated Action Plans.

Investment Programme

This document outlines our commitment to supporting the city from now until 2015.

EQIA Stage 7s

As part of their EQIA process, we are obliged to conduct a monitoring report in respect of the completed EQIAs. This report provides a monitoring update of all completed EQIAs.