05 Sep 2023

Choice has recently revised its Equality Scheme and Disability Action Plan based on the model Equality Scheme and Disability Action Plan developed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. We would welcome your comments and suggestions for possible areas for improvement on these important documents which outline how Choice will fulfil its statutory equality and disability duties.

Equality Scheme

Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities, in carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations across a range of categories outlined in the Act.

This Draft Equality Scheme sets out how Choice proposes to fulfil the Section 75 statutory duties.

Disability Action Plan

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to promote positive attitudes towards disabled people and encourage participation by disabled people in public. Our Draft Disability Action Plan shows how we propose to fulfil these duties in relation to our functions.

You can provide any comments on these documents to CorporateServices@choice-housing.org The documents are also available in a range of formats on request.

Choice will consider all the responses to this consultation received on or before the closing date 17 November 2023.

We will consider the responses received to this consultation and if appropriate, revise the scheme prior to issuing it to the Equality Commission for consideration and publishing it on the Choice’s website.

Thank you for taking the time to read these documents and respond.