Equality Screening - June 2014

Equality Screening: April 2014 – June 2014

During the period of 1st April 2014 to 30th June 2014, the Assembly Commission agreed to carry out three Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA).   

Union Flag

At its meeting on 29 January 2014, the Assembly Commission agreed that it would employ an independent service provider to conduct an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the flying of the Union Flag at Parliament Buildings and the subsequent consultation process.  Those tasked with carrying out the consultation will examine and assess all the issues relating to the current position on flying the Union Flag on designated days, as set out in the Northern Ireland Flags Order 2000, amended in 2002. The consultation period is expected to begin in October 2014 and will last for approximately 14 weeks.  A final EQIA report will be presented to the Assembly Commission which will contain the findings of the consultation as well as the assessment of impacts.  It is expected that this will take place in March 2015.

Engagement Strategy

The Assembly’s original Engagement Strategy covered the period from 2009 to 2013. Many of the recommendations and initiatives in that Strategy have been implemented and there is now a need to develop a new strategy for the Assembly to further engage with the people of Northern Ireland.  In order to do this effectively and ensure the strategy is reflective of the needs of stakeholders, an Equality Impact Assessment will be carried out.  This process will commence mid 2014.

Digital First Policy

This strategy aims to develop the Assembly’s systems, workflows and procedures so that information and content can be created once and then re-used whenever and wherever it is required in the most suitable format.

In order to do this effectively and ensure the strategy is reflective of the needs of stakeholders, an Equality Impact Assessment will be carried out.  This process will commence mid 2014.

Should you wish to forward any comments or request any documents in an alternative format, please contact:

Maria Bannon
Equality Manager
Telephone: 02890 418377
Text Phone: 02890 521209
Email: equality@niassembly.gov.uk

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