PBNI’s Equality Scheme is a statement of the Board’s commitment to fulfilling its statutory obligations in compliance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The Act places a duty on public authorities to have ‘due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations’.
Our Equality Scheme outlines a plan for the more effective mainstreaming of equality issues within PBNI, thus ensuring that equality is central to all policy development and decision-making within the Board.
PBNI recognises the importance of the statutory duties placed upon us and has impressed upon our staff the need for the promotion of equality and good relations.
The priority attached to the Scheme is also reflected in PBNI’s commitment to the allocation of necessary resources in terms of people, time and money to ensure that the statutory duties are effectively complied with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Section 75?
A: Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 was intended to transform the practices of government and public authorities so that equality of opportunity and good relations are central to policy making and implementation. It requires PBNI and all other public bodies in Northern Ireland to have an Equality Scheme that describes our arrangements for ensuring that we promote equality of opportunity and good relations.
Q: Can I submit my views on consultations?
A: Yes. PBNI will publish in advance a list of policies that we are currently considering reviewing or developing. Any member of the public may contact PBNI and express an interest in becoming a consultee. As a consultee you will be contacted when we are ready to commence work on the policy and you will be afforded an opportunity to express your views in relation to the potential equality impacts of the policy.
Q: Where can I find out information about equality within PBNI?
A: The following documents provide information about equality, disability and other issues. Click on each document to view and download it.
- Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF)
- Equality Impact Policy Screenings
- Equality Screening Reports
- PBNI Equality Scheme (PDF)
- PBNI Equality Scheme Consultation Summary (PDF)
- Disability Action Plan 2020-2023 (PDF)
- Annual Progress Report to Equality Commission 19-20 (PDF)
- Annual Progress Report to Equality Commission 18-19 (PDF)
- Annual Progress Report to Equality Commission 15-16 (PDF)
- Annual Progress Report to Equality Commission 14-15 (PDF)
Q: How do you help speakers of languages other than English?
A: We provide a range of services for speakers of languages other than English, including leaflets, which can be accessed in the Services we offer section.
Equality Commission NI website