Equality scheme for the Northern Ireland Office (NIO)
Drawn up in accordance with Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
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Northern Ireland Office
1 Horse Guards Road
Approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland on 13 December 2013.
FOREWORD 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 Act1.
In this equality scheme we set out how the Northern Ireland Office proposes to fulfill the Section 75 statutory duties.
We will commit resources in terms of people, time and money to make sure that the Section 75 statutory duties are complied with and that the equality scheme is implemented effectively, and on time.
We commit to having internal arrangements in place for ensuring our compliance with the Section 75 statutory duties and for monitoring and reviewing our progress.
We will develop and deliver a programme of communication and training with the aim of ensuring that all our staff and Board members are made fully aware of our equality scheme and understand the commitments and obligations within it. We are fully committed to fulfilling our Section 75 statutory duties across all our functions (including service provision, employment and procurement) through the effective implementation of our equality scheme.
We realise the important role that the community and voluntary sector and the general public have to play to ensure the Section 75 statutory duties are effectively implemented. Our equality scheme demonstrates how determined we are to ensure there are opportunities, for people affected by our work, to positively influence how we carry out our functions in line with our Section 75 statutory duties. It also offers the means whereby persons directly affected by what they consider to be a failure, on our part, to comply with our equality scheme, can make complaints.
On behalf of the Northern Ireland Office and its staff I am pleased to support and endorse this equality scheme which has been drawn up in accordance with Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Equality Commission guidelines.
Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers Julian King
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Director General
Northern Ireland Office Date 27 November 2013 Date: 25 November 2013
Contents Please note: Foreword and Appendices 3, 4 & 6 form part of this equality scheme.
Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998
The Equality Act 2010
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Section 75 duties in relation to the functions of the NIO
Who we are and what we do
Our arrangements for assessing our compliance with the Section 75 Duties