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Equality screening reports

  • Screening and analysis of our policies

    We use an equality impact assessment (EQIA) to do a thorough and systematic analysis of each of our policies. These assessments can improve our work by making sure we promote equality. When developing policies, plans and strategies, we publish policy-screening reports that consider rural needs.

  • Equality categories

    When assessing each policy, we refer to the nine equality categories defined in Section 75:

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

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

    Section 75 is in the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

  • Screening reports and impact assessments published in 2021/2022

    These reports are published online:

    These screening outcome reports were published between July and September 2021. You can ask for these reports by email:

    These screening outcome reports were published in 2022:

    • Equality screening outcome report: Ballysillan Playing Fields
    • Equality screening outcome report: Urban Village Initiative Project
    • DfC Covid-19 Revitalisation Fund – Business Grants
    • Equality screening outcome report: Belfast Air Quality Action Plan 2021/2026
    • Equality screening outcome report: Roselawn Crematorium Development Project
    • Equality screening outcome report: Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations Pilot Programme
    • Equality screening outcome report: Coronavirus Vaccine Policy
    • Equality screening outcome report: Council Decision to Erect Bilingual External Naming and Internal Directional Signage in Brook Leisure Centre
    • Equality screening outcome report: Ten-year Tourism Plan – Make Yourself at Home
    • Equality screening outcome report: Forth Meadow Community Greenway information panels
    • Equality screening outcome report: Gender Identity and Expression Guidance and Information for Managers and Staff
    • Equality screening outcome report: Visual identifier for black or grey bins
    • Equality screening outcome report: Menopause Policy and Guidance
    • Equality screening outcome report: Council Decision to Erect Bilingual/Multilingual external naming and Directional Signage in Citywide Leisure Centres

    These rural needs impact assessments (RNIAs) were published in 2022:

    • RNIA Ballysillan Playing Fields
    • RNIA Belfast Air Quality Action Plan
    • RNIA Coronavirus Vaccine Policy
    • RNIA Crematorium Development at Roselawn
    • RNIA Forth Meadow Community Greenway Information Panels
    • RNIA Gender Identity and Expression Guidance and Information for Managers and Staff
    • RNIA Menopause Policy and Guidance
    • RNIA Name and Signage in Citywide Leisure Centres
    • RNIA Provide a visual means of identifying a resident-approved additional black bin
    • RNIA Supporting Vibrant Business Destinations Pilot Programme
  • How to request screening reports and impact assessments

    When we analyse and screen our policies, we publish the information we collect in screening outcome reports and equality impact assessments. Our reports are available by email.

    To get copies of our reports and equality impact assessments, contact the Equality and Diversity officer by email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk

  • Screening reports and impact assessments published before 2021

    If you would like a screening or rural needs impact assessment published before 2021, please contact us by email equality@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0511.

Equality and Diversity Unit

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