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Equality scheme and equality action plans

  • Equality of opportunities

    As a public authority, we have a duty to promote equality of opportunities and good relations. Our equality scheme is our commitment to fulfil our Section 75 duties towards people who might experience inequality. We also have equality and diversity-related action plans to make equality central to our policy and decision-making processes.

  • Why we have an equality scheme

    Our equality scheme outlines our arrangements for:

    • assessing our compliance with Section 75 duties
    • assessing and consulting people on the likely impact our policies have on promoting equality of opportunity
    • monitoring any adverse impact of policies on the promoting equality of opportunity
    • publishing the results of our assessments
    • training staff
    • assessing public access to information and services we provide

    We have in place necessary resources such as people, time and money, to make sure:

    • we can comply with our statutory duties
    • we implement the equality scheme effectively, and on time

    You can read a summary of our equality scheme.

  • How to get copies of our equality scheme

    To read our equality scheme in full, you can ask for a print or email copy or an accessible format such as Braille, audio, large print, Easy Read or other languages.

  • Equality and Diversity Framework 2017-2021

    Promoting equality and good relations improve the quality of life for everyone in Belfast, making our city a better place to live, work, socialise and do business. We want to make sure that fairness, inclusion and respect are central to our policy-making process and underpin all our activities.

    Our Equality and Diversity Framework includes all equality and diversity related action plans and ensures that equality is central to our policy and decision-making processes.

    To ask for a copy of our Equality Scheme or Equality and Diversity Framework contact the Equality and Diversity officer by email

  • Consultation on the Audit of Inequalities and Equality Action Plan 2021-2024

    We are currently consulting on a draft ‘Audit of Inequalities’ and Equality Action Plan 2021-2024. These documents show some of the inequalities in Belfast and how we can address these through our council functions.

    The consultation runs from Wednesday 10 March until Tuesday 1 June 2021. You can get involved in different ways.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of our consultations will take place online. To complete an online questionnaire, go to Your say Belfast (link opens in a new window).

    You can ask for our Audit of Inequalities, Equality Action Plan or the consultation questionnaire in a specific format or language.

    We’ll be holding online public consultation meetings on:

    • Thursday 22 April from 10.30am until 12pm
    • Monday 10 May from 2pm until 3.30pm

    To register your interest in attending a meeting, you should contact us at least ten days before the event. Please give us advance notice if you have access requirements.

    To contact us or to share your feedback, please email

Equality and Diversity Unit

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