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Our commitment to equality

Updated: 26 May 2017
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Our Equality Unit promotes fairness and good relations
Equality consultation
Fairness and equity are two of our core values. Section 75 and schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 places a statutory obligation on us, and all other Public Authorities, to promote equality of opportunity and good relations when carrying out any of our functions.
To make sure this happens we produced an Equality Scheme (Adobe PDF 1166 KB), which was approved by the Equality Commission in 2013.
The Equality Scheme outlines a plan for ensuring that consideration of equality issues is central to housing policy formulation and decision-making.
If you would like further information in relation to the implementation of our Equality Scheme, please contact:
Tony Steed
Equality Unit Manager
The Equality Unit
5th Floor, The Housing Centre,
2 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8PB
Tel: 028 9031 8556
Fax: 028 9031 8775
Textphone: 084 5650 4381

Key equality documents

All our equality related publications are available to view and download from this website.
Please note that on request these documents are available in alternative formats from the Equality Unit. Alternative formats include: large font, audio cassette, Braille, computer disc, main minority ethnic languages and DAISY.

Current consultation

We always consult when developing new policies and strategies. Visit our consultation area to see current and previous consultations

Objectives

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all our tenants, customers and staff. Our commitment to equality is rooted in the principles upon which the Housing Executive was founded in 1971. Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to comply with two statutory duties.

Section 75 (1)

In carrying out our functions relating to Northern Ireland we are required to 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
  • men and women generally
  • persons with a disability and persons without
  • persons with dependants and persons without.

Section 75 (2)

In addition, without prejudice to the obligations above, in carrying out our functions in relation to Northern Ireland we are required to have due regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.

Our Equality Scheme

Public authorities in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland are required by the Section 75 statutory duties to 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; and
  • between persons with dependants and persons without.
  • and have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
Under Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, designated public authorities, which include the Housing Executive, are required to submit an equality scheme to the Equality Commission.    An equality scheme is a statement of the public authority’s commitment to fulfilling its Section 75 statutory duties, including procedures for measuring performance.
We report on the implementation of our equality scheme on a quarterly basis.
You can read the most recent reports and updates at: