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Northern Ireland equality

As a UK wide public body with functions in Northern Ireland, the Fund is subject to specific equality duties and reports to the Equality Commission

Our responsibilities as a public authority in Northern Ireland

We are committed to ensuring that we eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people of different backgrounds. Legislation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland requires public bodies in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard for the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups; and
  • foster good relations between people from different groups.

There are a number of positive duties that we must comply with in Northern Ireland relating Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended in 2006). Below we have provided a number of publications on how we meet these duties and embed equality considerations into the heart of our work.

Northern Ireland Equality Scheme

While we are currently not a designated public body for the purposes of Section 75, we have published our Joint Equality Scheme for Northern Ireland. Our scheme outlines our structures, approach and processes to meet the requirements of Section 75 and the Disability Discrimination Act.

Big Lottery Fund Equality scheme

Five year review of the Fund

We are pleased to publish our five year review of our Equality Scheme 2007-2012, which we have completed in accordance with Commission guidance.

Big Lottery Fund Five Year Review of Equality Scheme

For further information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to equality for Northern Ireland, or if you would like to request the documents in other formats, please contact:

Nigel Chambers, Policy and Learning Officer
Big Lottery Fund
1 Cromac Quay
Belfast
BT7 2JD

Phone: 028 9055 1440
Textphone: 028 9055 1431
Fax: 028 9055 1444
Email: equalitiesni@biglotteryfund.org.uk
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