Draft Equality Scheme
Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act.
Public Authorities are also required to produce an Equality Scheme which explains how they intend to fulfill these duties. The Equality Commission requires that an Equality Scheme for Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council should be submitted within six months of the establishment of the Council. In order to meet this deadline a draft Equality Scheme has been prepared in accordance with the ECNI guidance - Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act, A Guide for Public Authorities. This does not significantly differ from the existing Equality Schemes for Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
The Commission recommended in its guide that a commitment to develop an action plan to support the active implementation of the Council’s Section 75 duties is included in the Equality Scheme. However, the Commission has acknowledged that an action plan may be more usefully developed post scheme submission. In accordance with this, the draft Equality Scheme includes a commitment to develop an action plan within six months of 1 April 2015 ie from the date of the new Council taking on its full functions (section 2.11 of draft Equality Scheme).
The draft revised equality scheme can be accessed below and paper copies will be made available on request. We would welcome your comments on the document.
We would like to assist you to make comments on our draft revised equality scheme and are willing to facilitate meetings on request and to arrange these meetings at venues and times to accommodate the needs of those participating. We will positively respond to requests for further detail or clarification. Information will be made available on request in accessible formats such as Braille, audio formats and large print. Information will also be provided in minority languages to meet the needs of those who are not fluent in English. Should you require any further assistance do not hesitate to contact me:
Mrs Helen McBride
Corporate Improvement Manager
Newtownabbey Borough Council
Tel: (028) 9034 0038
Text Relay: 18001 028 9034 0038
Send a text to: 88020 (starting the message with NBC)
We would request that any comments are submitted by Friday, 10 October 2014. If you anticipate that you will have difficulties with this timescale please contact us and we will try to facilitate you.