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29
Sep

Complainants respond to ECNI’s investigation into the NIO legacy bill

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) and Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) have welcomed a report from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI), published today (29 September 2021), which concludes the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) breached its Equality Scheme in relation to its proposed legacy bill. The ECNI investigation was triggered by a...
08
Sep

Equality Proofing the Return to School – Briefing paper from the Equality Coalition

The Covid-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on all aspects of NI society, not least education, with most pupils being withdrawn from school for five months due to the strict lockdown period and the subsequent summer break. As staff and students begin the new school term, we must ensure that their return to school...
30
Apr

Affordable housing: A CAJ briefing note

The Department for Communities (DfC) is proposing a change to the definition of affordable housing in order to expand the range of intermediate housing products. The stated goal is to expand housing options for people who are on the social housing waiting list but who do not qualify as being in housing stress. The Department...
30
May

Equality Coalition submission on ECNI’s complaints and investigation procedures

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) has been reviewing and revising the procedures related to its enforcement (investigation) powers. These powers enable ECNI to investigate public bodies that fail to comply with their Section 75 duties. In March 2019, ECNI launched a public consultation on its (draft) ‘Revised Policy and Procedures for Complaints and...
31
Jan

Equal to the Task? Investigative powers and effective enforcement of the ‘Section 75’ equality duty Jan 2018

A research report by the Equality Coalition – Co-convened by CAJ and UNISON Executive Summary – Executive-Summary-Equal-to-the-Task-Jan-2018 Full Report – Equal-to-the-Task-Jan-2018 This report was submitted as a response to the Equality Commission consultation ‘Acting on the evidence of Public Authority practices’ in Jan 2018.

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