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Housing policy priorities and recommendations

Housing is a basic human need and provides a foundation for family and community life.  Good quality, affordable housing in safe, sustainable communities is essential to ensuring health, well-being and a prosperous society.

Following engagement with stakeholders and wider consideration, the Equality Commission has identified a number of priority areas for action. Read more about our recommendations for housing and communities in Northern Ireland

Fair Employment Monitoring Report

The 29th Monitoring Report presents an aggregated summary of the 3,777 valid monitoring returns received during 2018 from 105 public authorities and 3,672 private sector concerns.  These returns were received between 1st January and 31st December 2018.

This year’s report shows the Protestant community share of the monitored workforce was [50.7%] and the Roman Catholic community share was [49.3%].

Research & investigations

Our Public Opinion Surveys are currently being under taken in the Autumn/Winter of each year, with publication on this website in the following Spring.  The surveys use a quota-based sampling approach of 500 completed telephone interviews.
The surveys asked a range of questions looking at different aspects of equality in Northern Ireland. The findings are available on the Public Opinion Survey webpage or by pdf download:


UK's exit from the European Union


Equality and good relations are priority issues which should be protected and advanced as the UK exits from the European Union.


Equality Awareness Surveys

Our latest Equality Awareness Surveys reveals the social attitudes and perceptions of equality in Northern Ireland and provides comparisons on attitudinal change.


Read the Commission's recommendations for protecting and advancing equality and good relations as UK exits the European  Union

International Mechanisms
See how the Equality Commission uses international mechanisms to advance equality of opportunity and good relations in NI.

Read the Commission's response to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights (pdf) 

Gaps in equality law - NI / GB
Learn more about the widening gaps between equality law here and elsewhere in the UK.

Programme for Government

The Equality Commission has set out its recommendations in relation to the next Programme for Government


Public Opinion Surveys
Read the findings of our latest public opinion survey (Ipsos MORI, December 2019)
See our research on:

Shaping welcoming & inclusive workplaces
Read our qualitative findings on employer and employee experiences of welcoming and inclusive workplaces.


Learn more about our Section 75 investigation procedure, formal investigations, and completed investigations.

Read the findings of the Commission's formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers & mothers in NI workplaces.


Covid-19 and Education- NEW
Covid-19 has the potential to exacerbate existing educational inequalities, both for children now and over their lifecycle. Read our recommendations

See our policy priorities on:

Poverty & Disadvantage
See our summary policy positions (pdf) on poverty and socio-economic disadvantage. 

Our Legal Work
See how we decide which cases to support and how we review the law and read more about the legal cases we have supported.

Fair Employment Monitoring Report No 29
Our latest Monitoring Report profiles NI's workforce by community background and sex.