Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires all public sector bodies to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. In carrying out its functions, the Council must now 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, the Council must have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
THE COUNCIL'S EQUALITY SCHEME
The Council's Equality Scheme is a statement of Council's commitment to the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations and also outlines how it will meet its obligations under Section 75. The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland recently approved a revised Equality Scheme for Council prepared in accordance with the Commission's revised guidance on the implementation of Section 75. A copy of the revised Equality Scheme is available to download below, together with a summary version. Copies of the Council's Annual Report to the Equality Commission on its implementation of Section 75 are also available below.
Craigavon Borough Council Annual Progress Report 2013-2014
Equality and Diversity Framework approved by Council 1 July 2013
EQUALITY ACTION PLAN
The Council’s revised equality scheme includes a commitment to develop an action plan of measures to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. The action plan did not form part of the approval process for the equality scheme, but was recommended by the Commission as a demonstration of a public authority’s commitment to implementation of the scheme. A copy of the Action Plan is available to download below. Also available is a summary of responses from the consultation exercise on the Action Plan and the Inequalities Audit report which formed the basis of the action plan.
POLICY SCREENING AND EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Under Section 75, the Council is required to screen all its services and policies to identify any existing or potential impact on equality of opportunity and good relations. Where there is an adverse impact, the Council will conduct a detailed review of the policy and seek ways to eliminate or reduce the impact. This process is called equality impact assessment. Both policy screening and equality impact assessment reports are subject to public consultation.
Quarterly reports are shown below on new and revised policies screened out for equality impactment assessment (i.e. impact assessment not considered necessary because of low or zero impact on any Section 75 category). Copies of the policies included in the report and their screening forms are also included below.
Policy Screening Report July-September 2014 - No policies screened during this period
CRAIGAVON BOROUGH COUNCIL - REVIEW OF FLAGS POLICIES
Craigavon Borough Council is currently reviewing the policies which direct when the Union Flag is flown on Council buildings and flagpoles. This Equality Impact Assessment considers the potential equality and good relations impacts of any changes to the policies and suggests mitigating measures which might minimise any negative impacts.
The draft Impact Assessment report is now open for public consultation and is available to view or download below in either full or summary form. There is also a response form which consultees may use if they so wish, but responses will be accepted in any format. Anyone wishing to receive the documents in hard copy or in alternative formats, should contact:
Stephanie Harte (Policy Development Officer), Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre, Lakeview Road, Craigavon BT64 1AL
Tel: 028 3831 2501 email: email@example.com
Flags Policies Review Draft EQIA Report
Flag Policies Review EQIA Summary Report
Flags Policies Review Consultation Response Form
Flags Policies Review Consultation Response Form (.doc)
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SESSIONS - two additional evening sessions have been arranged to allow you to meet the consultants face to face to give your views. Both sessions are being held at the Craigavon Civic & Conference Centre on:
TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER 7.00 - 9.00 PM
THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER 7.00 - 9.00 PM
To book an appointment ring Denise Wheatley on tel: 028 9064 5932 or 075 9839 7596
CLOSING DATE FOR RESPONSES: 26 DECEMBER 2014
All comments to be submitted to: Consultation Response, PO Box 424, Lisburn BT28 9ER
email: consultation@policy arc.co.uk
Tel: 028 9064 5932 or 075 9839 7596