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Belfast HMO Subject Plan 2015
Equality of Opportunity

The Northern Ireland Act 1998 has placed the following statutory requirement on each public authority:
1.To carry out their functions with due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
  1. Between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;
  2. Between men and women generally;
  3. Between persons with a disability and persons without; and
  4. Between persons with dependants and persons without.
2.Without prejudice to its obligations under subsection (1) a public authority shall, in carrying out its functions relating to Northern Ireland, have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
The Subject Plan has been subject to an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) in line with the statutory obligation contained in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The EQIA which was published with the Draft Subject Plan indicated that the Subject Plan is unlikely to have any significant adverse implications for equality of opportunity or community relations.
Having considered the representations received in relation to this document, the EQIA is published with the Adopted Subject Plan and contains the Department’s response to those representations.

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