We are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Section 75 requires us, in carrying out our functions, powers and duties, to 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, without prejudice to its obligations above, the Act
requires that we have regard to the desirability of promoting good
relations between persons of different religious belief, political
opinion or racial group.
Equality considerations are central to
our policy processes. The main aim of Section 75 is to make sure that
equality is at the core of everything we do.
Our Equality Scheme sets out how we propose to fulfill the duties imposed by Section 75.