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Northern Ireland Act 1998

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4(1)A scheme shall show how the public authority proposes to fulfil the duties imposed by section 75 in relation to the relevant functions.

(2)A scheme shall state, in particular, the authority’s arrangements—

(a)for assessing its compliance with the duties under section 75 and for consulting on matters to which a duty under that section is likely to be relevant (including details of the persons to be consulted);

(b)for assessing and consulting on the likely impact of policies adopted or proposed to be adopted by the authority on the promotion of equality of opportunity;

(c)for monitoring any adverse impact of policies adopted by the authority on the promotion of equality of opportunity;

(d)for publishing the results of such assessments as are mentioned in paragraph (b) and such monitoring as is mentioned in paragraph (c);

(e)for training staff;

(f)for ensuring, and assessing, public access to information and to services provided by the authority.

(3)A scheme shall—

(a)conform to any guidelines as to form or content which are issued by the Commission with the approval of the Secretary of State;

(b)specify a timetable for measures proposed in the scheme; and

(c)include details of how it will be published.

(4)In this paragraph—

  • “equality of opportunity” means such equality of opportunity as is mentioned in section 75(1);

  • “the relevant functions” means the functions of the public authority or, in the case of a scheme submitted in response to a request which specifies particular functions of the public authority, those functions.

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