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Housing policy priorities and recommendations

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

Fair Employment Monitoring Report

The 28th Monitoring Report presents an aggregated summary of the 3,728 valid monitoring returns received during 2017 from 105 public authorities and 3,623 private sector concerns.  These returns were received between 1st January and 31st December 2017. 

This year’s report shows the Protestant community share of the monitored workforce was [51.1%] and the Roman Catholic community share was [48.9%].

 
 
Research & investigations

Research & investigations

The Commission’s most recent Public Opinion Surveys were conducted by Ipsos Mori between December 2018 and January 2019. 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:
 

 
UNCRPD

UNCRPD

The Independent Mechanism for Northern Ireland (IMNI) have produced a working paper, containing Northern Ireland specific detail.  This paper will raise awareness of key issues in Northern Ireland and drive action by Government and others to address identified shortfall, thereby advancing the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Download the NI 'Parallel' Jurisdictional Report Working Paper (pdf, Aug 2017) and the UK Independent Mechanism's submission to the UN Committee on the UK's implementation of UNCRPD(pdf, July 2017)
 
UK's exit from the European Union

UK's exit from the European Union

Brexit

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

 
Equality Awareness Surveys

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.
 
 
 
 
 

Programme for Government & Budget

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

BREXIT: Our recommendations
Protecting and advancing equality and good relations as UK exits EU.

International Mechanisms
Commission reponse to UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights (pdf) - NEW
 

New Research: Public Opinion Survey

Read the findings of our latest public opinion survey carried out by Ipsos MORI in Jan '19.

Investigations

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

Pregnancy/Maternity investigation
The Commission conducted a formal investigation into the treatment of pregnant workers & mothers in NI workplaces.

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Our Legal Work
See how we decide to which cases to support and how we review the law.

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

Policy & Research

Housing & Communities
See our policy priorities and recommendations for housing and communities in NI

Participation in Public Life
See our statement on key inequalities in public life in NI

Employment
See our statement highlighting our assessment of key inequalities and differences in employment in NI

Education
See our statement highlighting educational challenges in NI and our policy priorities and recommendations