The Commission recognises that policymakers may need to make quick and often challenging policy decisions. It is important that public authorities recognise that the duties set out in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 continue to apply, even when implementing Covid-19 related policies. These duties provide a mechanism to identify and mitigate any adverse impacts of policies being developed and are important duties, particularly at a time of crisis and when policies need to be developed at pace. We continue to provide advice to public authorities during this time and have produced the guidance below.
Covid-19 related policies and Section 75 duties
Paul Oakes, Manager of the Equality Commission's Advice and Compliance team provides advice for public authorities on developing and implementing Covid-19 related policies in line with Section 75 duties.
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