The Equality Coalition has finalised its submission on the Programme for Government (PfG) outcomes and draft budget (including departmental screenings/EQIAs). Given their interlinking nature, this submission responds to a number of different, concurrent consultations at once.
The submission examines the rights and equality implications of current plans, including whether the Section 75 statutory equality duty has been applied adequately throughout the budgetary process.
Recommendations are included for each department in the NI Executive, as well as the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), drawing attention to outstanding issues that still need to be addressed. For example, we call on The Executive Office (TEO) to progress work on the next Programme for Government as so far only an ‘outcomes framework’ has been put forward for consultation. We also criticise the lack of additional monies to deal with the pandemic in the block grant given to Northern Ireland.
Download the submission here.
The Equality Coalition is co-convened by CAJ and UNISON.