Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act places a statutory obligation on Public Authorities to carry out their functions with due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and good relations in respect of religious belief, political opinion, gender, race, disability, age, marital status, dependants and sexual orientation. To implement this obligation, we have produced an Equality Scheme which has been approved by the Equality Commission.
The DSD Equality Scheme (PDF 160KB)
was approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland on the 13th
December 2013. The Scheme sets out how the Department is committed to meeting its statutory obligations on the promotion of equality and good relations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act. The Scheme is available in alternative format if required.
Equality Scheme Section 75 Complaints Procedure
This explains how the Department’s Equality Scheme Complaints Procedure
works in relation to Section 75 complaints. It helps ensure that all staff in the Department have uniform procedures for dealing with Section 75 complaints from people who believe that they have been directly affected by a failure of the Department to comply with its Equality Scheme.
Annual Report to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
The Department’s Equality Scheme commits the Department to submitting a formal review of progress, on an annual basis, to the Equality Commission, setting out the action taken to fulfil its Section 75 commitments.
Disability Action Plan
Screening of Policies in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland act 1998
Section 75 ConsulteesIn fulfilling the Department's obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act , the Department's Equality Scheme includes a commitment to consult with the Equality Commission and representative groups of Section 75 categories on the implementation of existing policy and creation of new policy with regards to equality of opportunity and good relations.
The Equality Unit in the Department for Social Development has lead responsibility for helping the Department meet its statutory commitments set out in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The Unit provides advice to managers and staff throughout the Department on Equality matters and helps the Department meet its obligations contained in the Equality Scheme.