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EQUALITY SCHEME

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_Revised_Equality_Scheme_March_2012.pdf

Craigavon_Borough_Council_Revised_Equality_Scheme_-_Summary_Version.pdf

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.

CBC_Equality_Action_Plan_July_2012.pdf

CBC_Equality_Action_Plan_-_Summary_of_Consultation_Responses.pdf

Craigavon_Borough_Council_Inequalities_Audit_2011-2012.pdf

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.

CRAIGAVON BOROUGH COUNCIL QUARTERLY SCREEN REPORT April - June 2014

Craigavon BC Policy & Operating Rules for the use of CCTV Equipment & Body Worn Video

Policy Screening Form Body Worn Cameras June 2014

WW1 Small Grant Fund Policy

Policy Screening Form World War One Small Grant Fund

 

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth EQIA - Final Report

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth EQIA - Executive Summary

 

DISABILITY ACTION PLAN 2014-15

In accordance with Section 49a of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006), public authorities are required to produce a Disability Action Plan showing how they will have regard to the need to promote positive actions towards disabled people and encourage participation by disabled people in public life. The Council's Action Plan for 2014-15 is below.

Craigavon Borough Council Disability Action Plan 2014-15

 

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon District Council

Equality Scheme and Disability Action Plan Consultation

In accordance with section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Section 49a of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995,  Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council has issued for consultation its first Equality Scheme and Disability Action Plan.

These documents are available to view or download below.  Alternatively should you wish to receive it in hard copy or in an alternative format please contact either

Stephanie Harte on 028 38312501, Stephanie.harte@craigavon.gov.uk or

The consultation period will close on Friday 17 October 2014.

Draft Equality Scheme Consultation Document

Draft Disability Action Plan Consultation Document

 

 

 

 

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Contact Info

Craigavon Borough Council,  PO Box 66, Lakeview Road, 
Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT64 1AL
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Tel: +44 (0) 28 38312400 | Fax: +44 (0) 28 38312444
Minicom: +44 (0) 28 38329757
Email: contact.us@craigavon.gov.uk

Irish and Ulster Scots Voicemail Service

The Council now provides an Irish and Ulster Scots voicemail service for any member of the public who wishes to ring using these languages. Simply ring the Council and ask to be put through to the service.  You will then hear a voicemail message in that language and be asked to leave your message.  We will then have your message translated and a response sent.
 
 

 

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